A Time Remembered

Circa: 1950
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Corning Glass Company/Made in USA
These vintage glass bell shaped ornaments from the 1950's were made by the Corning Company and are marked Made in USA on the cap.
Corning had considered the possibility of producing ornaments as early as 1933. Before the war, Corning Glass Works moved cautiously for two reasons. Corning specialized in made-to-order precision jobs such as the Mt. Palomar telescope, bulbs for electric lights, and complex engineering equipment. Max Eckardt, an importer of German ornaments since 1907 foresaw the events of Germany dictating an end to his business as it did during World War I. He knew of Corning's ribbon glass blowing machine and reasoned that if Corning could make a light bulb, it should be able to produce a glass ornament as well.
Thus he began negotiations with Corning and in the late summer of 1939 planning started in earnest. A dozen of the first designs were chosen, these were called molded fancies and by 1940, 120,000,000 colored glass balls and ornaments were sold.
The lot of 3 consist of:
1-blue with green and red stripes,
1-ink with green and white stripes and
1-blue with white band and Merry Christmas in red.
In good condition the blue bell is missing paint and there is discoloration from age, which I have shown in my pictures and they measure 3 1/4 inches tall with a top that measures 1 1/8 inches wide and the bottoms are 2 1/4 inches wide.
An addition for any Vintage Christmas Tree Ornament Collection.
SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions please contact me and thank you for looking.

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