Circa: 1917 Country of Origin: Germany Manufacturer: Pre War German Import
This rare German submarine glass Christmas ornament dates to the World War I era or just afterward. It depicts the first German U-Boat or U-Boot, Unterseeboot U-1, which was built in 1906 and retired from service in 1919.
The silvered ornament measures 4 inches long. The words Unterseeboot U1. is embossed on one side in red tinted lettering, the top of the sub is painted black. On the reverse side is a horizontal row of 8 orange "portholes", you can see the detailed riveted metal panels on the hull below. A length of green chenille is attached to the ends forming a hanger. Best of all, a surprising and delightful paper scrap cherub face is attached to one end. A bit of old red cellophane is behind her head.
You can see a plainer example of an Unterseeboot U9 in Lightner's Christmas Rarities book with a rarity scale of 1 (the author has only seen this form once). It is smaller and not as detailed as this ornament, and it doesn't have a cherub scrap. A fabulous addition to any rare Christmas ornament collection.