This terrific antique German glass hot air balloon Christmas ornament is quite large at 7-1/2 inches high. The free-blown balloon is unsilvered, painted off-white, and wrapped with two sizes of gold crinkled wire. Wire-wrapped cotton cording forms the balloon's four pulley ropes. Attached to the mast is 3 inch long embossed litho paper scrap depicting a Father Christmas old style Santa figure with a Victorian boy in a sailor suit. The boy is holding a rifle (presumably a toy).
The ornament is more than 100 years old and has been well cared for. The painted finish has some flaking and marks from the metal wires. The wire wrappings have shifted a little at the top but are intact The litho scrap is genuine and in great shape with the exception of a possible tiny tear at the very top. The glass has no chips or breaks.