I collect Shiny Brites. Shiny Brites are a very breakable blown glass Christmas ornament that was produced in New Jersey from 1937 to the 1950’s. I remember these ornaments on our Christmas Tree when I was a child. I love how the light catches them on a tree..it looks like you have a tree all lit up with lights when it is just the ornaments catching the light.
Some similar ornaments; Indents and different shapes etc..were made in Poland and Germany and imported since 1907 by Max Eckardt the founder of Shiny Brites.…I collect those too! Those ornament are always marked Germany or Poland but you might need a magnifying glass to see the imprint on the top of the metal cap.
First I collected just a few ornaments here and there, then a box here and a box there. Then friends gifted me some…Rae, JoLynn, Susan and her Mother Lillian’s ornaments. Then there is my husband and Chance who scour garage sales all summer for ornaments.
A few weeks ago a neighbor Edie brought me a box of ornaments. She found these in an antique shop and thought of me!
The two ornaments on the right are not marked as Shiny Brites. Someone could have switched the metal caps…it is easy enough to do. When I get out my entire collection I will compare them to known Shiny Brites. The blue stripe ball is not marked Shiny Brite either but it is a classic design they used in the 1950’s.
Edie also gifted me an ornament that belonged to her Grandparents.
It is a ornament made in Germany and is marked as such. Isn’t it beautiful? Edie gifted me another special ornament last year..but it is put away with the Shiny Brites and has a story all it’s own that I will share someday…rest assured I will not forget.
The Shiny Brite tree is not up yet. I still have time. I have been going through boxes and
making a huge mess organizing a few things upstairs. Once I get everything in it’s proper place I can bring out the Shiny Brites that are stored in the tree coffin and an old trunk and elsewhere up there. Those ornaments sure do take up lots of space.
It is cold here now, way below zero and the wind chills are horrid. We got about 11 inches of snow from Winter Storm Cleon. It will be too cold to snow for awhile.
I am getting nowhere fast on that list of mine.
Gift count: two bought and two ordered. Gifts wrapped: none. Cookies made: none. Cards written: none. Home made ornaments: Complete! Homemade gifts: in progress. Decorations…none except the snow outside. 19 days and counting.