Circa: 1915 Country of Origin: Germany Manufacturer: Pre War German Import
All four of these early 1900s to 1920s free blown glass Christmas ornaments were made in Germany, though two have non-original, replacement metal caps. They're just over 3" to 3-3/4 inches high, all with little bulb clappers at the bottom pontils. One is twisted and ribbed, the others are essentially the same tapered bell shape, just decorated differently with rings or stripes and white painted wavy lines. The ornaments are delicate, made of almost paper-thin glass - it always amazes me to such such fragile items still intact after so many years.
There is some expected finish wear and loss of the inner silvering. The large gold and silver bell has a chipped pike which is covered by the oversize metal cap. The pink and blue bell also has a pike chip to a lesser extent but all four hang securely. I know shabby old beauties like this aren't to everyone's taste, but I actually prefer them on my own Christmas tree.