This very rare box of eight Dresden figural Christmas light covers was a collaboration between the Noma Company, which obtained the patent in 1927, and a German inventor. The sockets and light bulbs were produced by Noma, the large blown glass covers were made in Germany. The box would have originally held a C-6 light string for the bulbs which is no longer present. All eight lights are here though, in their original cardboard holders marked Germany. The shapes are a cat, bunch of grapes, girls' head, pink rosebud, two dogs, and two red flowers.
Four of the lights are definitely still working: the rosebud, the grapes, and the two dogs (the rosebud needs to be jiggled slightly as the interior bulb is a bit loose). The others will theoretically work if you can get the tops off to change the C6 light bulbs - they are loose on all the non-working lights. There is white plaster between the rims of five of the glass covers and the metal socket caps to secure them. Plaster isn't visible on the girl's head, grapes, or rosebud, though I'm sure it's there as my research shows this is how the lights were sealed in manufacture. Perhaps with patience, vinegar, and cotton swabs the plaster can be dissolved enough to get the caps off.
There is some chipping to the rims of several covers below the socket caps: one dog, one red flower, and a noticeable larger chip to the side of the cat's head. I have closeup pictures of all the damaged areas. Space does not permit me to post them here but I'm happy to email you the additional photos. There is also flaking paint to varying degrees on all of the covers - paint loss is considerable to the back of the cat. It's virtually impossible to find Dresden light covers that do not have paint loss. My various antique Christmas books value individual Dresden light covers in these shapes between $60 at the low end up to $250 each. I do not know the book value for a box of eight as they are so rarely on the market.
Item ID: 9407
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