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If you love the charm of vintage holiday decorations, you're in luck. These festive classics are perfect for adding a beautiful nostalgic touch to your celebrations this year. Find out where to find them and how to make them work in today's home.
Chances are, each piece is not cradled in its original package, nor lovingly wrapped in acid-free tissue or a soft towel for protection. And there are probably fewer than the year before last because the cat had scored three before being exiled to the basement rec room, and you had accidentally dropped one while taking down the tree. Many old glass ornaments that have been inherited or picked up at yard or estate sales have no marks and have long since lost any tags or packaging that could help identify or date them, so the collector must depend on being able to recognize general attributes.
Antique and vintage Christmas ornaments are beautiful and fun to collect. The bad news is: reproductions of just about all these ornaments have flooded the marketplace. While many of these reproductions are quite beautiful themselves some made from the same materials or molds as the originals and great for "filling out" a display or vintage Christmas tree until you can acquire or afford the originals, you don't want to pay the same premium prices for them!
Woolworth's made a fortune selling Christmas ornaments individually and by the box. There's a wide market online for all kinds of antique Christmas ornaments, like this heavy-glass German kugel from the early s. Photo courtesy Motka.
The kitschier, the better. After all, the holiday season only comes once a year, and when else do you get to see all those ornaments and decorations from Christmas past? Whether you like to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, or you wait until December, the best part of the holiday is the buildup.
Although the word kugel means "round ball" in German, original kugels were also made in the shape of grapes, apples, pears, pine cones, berries, tear drops and balls with melon-style ribs. Original kugels are generally lined inside with silver. The outside colors are red, cobalt, blue, green, silver, gold and amethyst. There is a hole in the top of each ornament which is concealed by a brass cap.
Ever wonder about that box of vintage Christmas decorations in the attic? From wooden nutcrackers to glass Christmas tree ornaments to s Lionel model trainsthis article can help you identify what vintage or antique Christmas items might be in that box. Your cherished decorations might be valuable, and even if not, you can sure have a whole lot of fun decorating with them!
These are clever ornaments shaped like people or things, as opposed to plain old glass balls. Those with little to no paint loss, all original components, and glass in all the right places will always bring higher values than less stellar examples. Ornaments were used year after year on holiday trees around the turn of the 20th century on into the s, so they rarely come to market in pristine condition now. When they do, they're worth a good bit of cash to collectors.