These eight glass Christmas ornaments are all from the 1940s World War II years, when silver nitrate was not available for non-military use, forcing the ornament manufacturers to use only sprayed and painted colors. They're 2-1/4 to just over 2-1/2 inches diameter, decorated in colorful painted horizontal stripes or rings. One ornament has white mica glitter banded and striped decoration plus the original cardboard cap with string hanger.
As you can see, there is a little flaking or scratching to the painted stripes but nothing major. No chips, breaks, or serious wear. American war ornaments were only produced for only three to four years and are by their very nature scarce and finite in quantity (as soon as the war ended the manufacturers went back to producing silvered ornaments). They are highly collected today and will only increase in value as their numbers dwindle from loss, breakage, and absorption into private collections.
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