Circa: 1900 Country of Origin: Germany Manufacturer: Victorian Era German Import
This turn of the last century Victorian Christmas ornament is a hot air balloon complete with hanging gondola basket. The balloon is a 2-1/4" diameter silvered red ball, wrapped in crinkly gold bullion wire and gold feather tinsel. At the joints of each vertical tinsel rope are three different little Dresden paper scrap greetings with hearts and flowers. The banners on the scraps read: A Happy New Year To You, Affection, and Confidence.
Attached to the feather tinsel ropes is a cardboard gondola wrapped in red foil and decorated with more feather tinsel and three red glass beads. Overall length of the ornament is about 5 inches. There is normal flattening of the tinsel strands, a couple of loose or broken wires, and scratching to the red glass ornament from contact with the wires. No chips or breaks. The ornament hangs just fine and displays beautifully.