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Premier Unsilvered 1940s Figural Glass War Christmas Ornaments
I've been collecting World War II era Christmas ornaments for more years than I care to admit, starting with those handed down to me by my parents and grandparents. The ones made by Premier Glass Works have always been among my favorites because of their bold use of color and ahead-of-their-time futuristic shapes.
These six unsilvered war ornaments are nice examples of Premier's use of shapes and colors. They're about 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches high and include a ringed barrel or accordion, two bells, two double indent teardrops, and an indented railroad lantern or space capsule shape. There's a little wear to the paint on two or three, but the decoration has held up well compared to most other war era unsilvered ornaments. There are no chips or breaks.
According to one of my books, these and other oddly shaped Premier ornaments were not popular with the public and were not in production very long. No doubt they'd have been a huge hit 15 or 20 years later when Americans were obsessed with the space-age look.
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