Christmas Tree Ornament, 1940-1950

Summary

American companies began large-scale production of glass Christmas ornaments beginning in the mid-1930s. Trade restrictions due to the impending war with Germany and Japan--the two major producers of glass ornaments at the time--had curtailed importation of the holiday baubles. American-made, mass-produced glass ornaments would dominate the domestic market during World War II and for many years to come.

American companies began large-scale production of glass Christmas ornaments beginning in the mid-1930s. Trade restrictions due to the impending war with Germany and Japan--the two major producers of glass ornaments at the time--had curtailed importation of the holiday baubles. American-made, mass-produced glass ornaments would dominate the domestic market during World War II and for many years to come.

Artifact

Christmas tree ornament

Date Made

1940-1950

Creators

Max Eckardt & Sons 

Corning Glass Works 

Shiny Brite 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

United States, New York, Corning 

United States, New Jersey 

Creator Notes

Colorless glass ornaments were created by Corning Glass Works (Corning, New York) and decorated and distributed by Max Eckardt and Sons (headquarters New York, New York), likely in one of their four New Jersey factories.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

96.0.260.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)
Metal

Technique

Painting (Image-making)
Silvering

Color

Pink (Color)
Silver (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 3 in

Diameter: 2.75 in

Inscriptions

Shiny Brite / Made in U.S.A.

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