Circa: 1930 Country of Origin: Germany Manufacturer: Pre War German Import
A pair of rare almost paper thin double piked German mercury glass Christmas ornaments with liquid-filled blown glass bulbs in the deeply indented centers. This type of ornament was so fragile that few of them survived more than a few Christmas seasons, and most of those remaining lost their liquid long ago. Both of these however are still filled with the original oil or water (I'm not sure of the composition) in the center bulbs.
The round ornament is about 2 inches diameter. The center liquid-filled glass bulb is painted with alternating white and pink stripes which create a kaleidoscopic effect when reflected off the back wall of the indent. The other ornament is a bit larger with a fancy scalloped rim and back. The center bulb has pink, white, and green stripes.
There is some spotting and dust in the recessed centers. The inner mercury silvering has turned pearly white with age except at the backs. There are no chips or breaks.