Circa: 1938 Country of Origin: Germany Manufacturer: Pre War German Import
A beautiful and rare late 1930s German large blown glass diorama scene Christmas ornament with a tiny hard plastic figure of the infant Christ Child inside. The mercury silvered ornament is 3 inches diameter with a deep concave recess or indent. The rim opening is framed with an applied white mica glittered paper border with jagged ice-frost edges. The baby Jesus figure inside has a gold paper scrap halo and is surrounded by a ring halo of thin crimped gold wire and a hand painted yellow sunburst. The concave back is highly reflective, giving the scene a heavenly mirrored effect.
The ornament has a non-traditional antique wire hanger attached to the pike, extending to the edge of the scene. The original May Co. price tag is still attached with string. The glass concave ball is in wonderful condition with no damage and very little wear to the paint or silvering. Though the mercury glass ornament is 1930s era, it's possible the ornament was not imported to the United States until after the second World War ended in 1945 and it may have been decorated post-war as well.