Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Christmas is my favorite holiday and as I previously posted I have over 22 tubs of Christmas/Holiday items.  These items have a few collections within ....one of which I decided I need to maybe let go of finally.

I have vintage glass ornaments....most of which I believe are American made.    I have sets of ornaments still in their original boxes in great condition.   I also have a collection of loose ornaments that I have paired up some into trios.

I am taking photographs and pricing for my Etsy shop now, but here is a sneak peek for those of you who love Christmas candies.

Beautiful pink ones sold in half dozen boxes

Again pink beauties sold in one dozen boxes

Assorted selection of ornaments

Glass horns w/ handpainted detailing

Loose ornaments

Loose ornaments

More loose ornaments (i have them sitting in rice so they wont break)lol

These are vintage ornaments not reproductions...they are in the original old boxes with original hanging hardware.

Here is some information on the maker of these ornaments....who's name is marked on all of the packaging.  If you are a collector or are interested contact me via email at lucky7design@yahoo.com.  Or via FB or Twitter....  

An American businessman named Max Eckardt introduced Christmas tree decorations imported from Germany to the US around 1907. The ornaments consisted mostly of small hand-blown glass balls that were colorfully decorated. Late in the 1930s though, it was plain to Eckardt that the oncoming war was going to disrupt his supplies. So he made a business arrangement with the Corning Glass Company that got them started on Christmas ornament production in their light bulb plants. Corning started making the glass ornaments after adapting their own light bulb manufacturing process and proceeded to ship ornaments to both Woolworth's stores and to Eckardt's factories where the plain ornaments could be further adorned by hand after being machine-lacquered.
As the wartime shortages increased, making both lacquer and silver difficult to come by, Eckardt started having the ornaments decorated in pastels and bright colors. As a result, Shiny Brite ornaments became very popular because of their uniqueness and soon become a staple of every family's Christmas trees. By the end of the war, Shiny Brite was the largest manufacturer of Christmas ornaments in the world and the popularity of the ornaments raged on into the 1950s.
Shiny Brite stopped making and selling the glass balls in 1962 because of production disruption and because of the changing business landscape and moved into the production of plastic ornaments, which never proved to be as popular. But now that we are in the 21st century, demand for the original vintage glass ornaments has shot up and you'll find many "Shiny Brite" ornaments all over Ebay.
One thing to keep in mind though when shopping on Ebay for these ornaments is that many sellers and buyers seem to think that "Shiny Brite" refers to a type of ornament rather than a specific brand name. So if you are looking specifically for ornaments made by Max Eckardt's company, you might want to do a little digging into the auctions.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your comment on my recycled ornament wreath. I can see you have love for old ornaments as well. Definitely try your hand at a similar wreath. It's easier than it looks :-)


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