This unsilvered glass Christmas ornament is from the 1940s World War II years. During the war, silvering agents were unavailable for consumer use, so Christmas ornaments were decorated instead with flashed, sprayed, or painted colors. Eventually metal shortages necessitated the use of paper or cardboard caps as well.
The ornament is large, a little over 3 inches diameter. The color is a pretty shade of maroon red. It has unusual hand painted comma-stroke white flower decoration and a gold colored paper cap with string hanger. When held to bright light, you can see a little mild flaking or wear to the red finish but it's quite minor. War ornaments with this type of elaborate hand painted decoration are quite scarce, even more so with the original paper cap.
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