A Time Remembered

Circa: 1940's
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Corning Glass Works/Made in USA
This blue and silver with yellow stripe lantern shaped glass Christmas Ornament was one of the first experimental indents made in the late 1940's according to my Christmas Through The Decades Book by Robert Brenner and was made by Corning Glass Works of Corning, N.Y.
This particular ornament can be seen on page 149.
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.
In very good condition, there are some scratches on one side from age which I have shown in my pictures and it measures 3 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches wide.
An addition to any Vintage Indent Christmas Ornament Collection.
SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions contact me and thank you for looking.

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