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Vintage 1940s-50s Set of 5 Shiny Brite Brand Pink Stenciled Glitter Blown Glass Christmas Ornaments
Please note, our camera was not able to accurately capture their true color which is a slightly darker pink than shown in our photos.
Add a little spunk to your holiday decor with these fabulous vintage Shiny Brite brand hand stenciled blown glass ornaments in no less than a truly audacious PINK color!
This set of five beautiful glass ornaments each covered with a hand applied design were sold under the trade name Shiny Brite. All are marked "Shiny Brite Made in USA" on their metal caps. The largest has a stenciled "Merry Christmas" message on its front and back which has been painted on top of which was added tiny balls of glitter. The other four are all the same size and have various hand painted designs and stenciled scenes on them which are: a classic New England town including a church with steeple, angels blowing through trumpets flanked on either side with evergreen trees below the holiday wish, "Joy to the World," and two with hand painted stars all over. The two with the scenes do not have glitter, the two with the stars have glass glitter which many sellers now refer to as "mica" but is not actually the natural rock mica, the latter of which was probably never actually used on Shiny Brite ornaments.
All five are in very good condition with little to no loss to their designs and color.
Larger ornament: 3 1/2" diameter (not including stem)
Four smaller ornaments: each 2 1/2" diameter (not including stem)
History of Shiny Brite
Shiny Brite brand ornaments were produced by Max Eckerdt, a German immigrant living in the United States, beginning in 1937. As early as 1907 his New Jersey factory had been importing blown glass ornaments from Germany and then hand decorating them with mica glitter and/or paint. With a second world war approaching he foresaw the need to have the glass ornaments produced here in the U.S. and approached Corning Glass Company with a proposal that if they altered their light bulb-making machines to produce glass ornaments for his factory to decorate, Woolworth would commit to placing a substantial order for them once decorated by Eckerdt. Corning was successful in altering their machines allowing for the birth of the Shiny Brite line of ornaments, named such due to their silver interior coating as well as exterior metallic coating which guaranteed a longer lasting "shiny" look. Shiny Brite proved such a tremendous success it became the most popular brand of ornaments from the 1940s through the 1950s, with its peak in popularity occurring in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s, with much competition from other companies including those producing plastic ornaments, Shiny Brite closed its doors. In 2001, after purchasing the rights to Shiny Brite, Christopher Radko began reproducing many of the Shiny Brite designs as well as some of his own. Of interest to note, due to the restrictions on metal use by commercial factories during World War II, the ornaments produced under the Shiny Brite name during this period were a see through color rather than metallic and their original caps were made of thick paper rather than metal with a need for the purchaser to add string or yarn for hanging.
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