Circa: 1942 -1945 Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: American War Era Production
An assortment of six unsilvered glass Christmas ornaments, made during the 1940s World War II years. Metal was all but impossible for non-military manufacturers to obtain during that time, so Christmas ornaments were decorated with sprayed, flashed, and painted-on colors that did not contain silvering agents. After the first year or two of the war, the supply of metal hangers and caps was exhausted, so paper and cardboard caps had to be used instead.
These ornaments all have their original paper caps and hangers. They're about 2-1/2 to 3 inches high. Two are clear glass pastel or red and green stripes. The others have colored backgrounds with white and colored painted stripes. You may wish to secure the cardboard caps with a little glue before hanging - these do come loose (some are already) and you don't want to lose any of these scarce pieces of American Christmas history to a fall.
The ornaments have moderate finish and paint wear consistent with age, nothing serious. One ornament has a patch of snow flocking, and the clear ornament with pastel stripes has some staining or discoloration to the glass.