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Object ID 000871

Object Name Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Ornaments

Object Desc Cardboard box and lid containing 12 Shiny Brite brand glass Christmas ornaments.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000788a-n

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Christmas Decorations


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Cabinet 1

Object Date

Start Year Range 1937

End Year Range 1950s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Chirstmas decorations,ornaments,Shiny Brite,glass ornaments,tree ornaments,

Title Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Ornaments

Description Cardboard box and lid with green images and lettering. There are pictures of the ornaments on the box and has the information on the manufacturer and how many ornaments are in the box. Inside box are dividers which separate interior into 12 compartments for 12 glass ornaments. Each ornament has a removable metal top with a loop for hanging.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 11

Width 8.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Glass ornaments are 7" in diameter

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Shiny Brite

Maker Details In 1937, Max Eckardt established "Shiny-Brite" ornaments, working with the Corning Glass Company to mass produce glass Christmas ornaments. Corning adapted their process for making light bulbs to making clear glass ornaments, which were then shipped to Eckardt's factories to be decorated by hand. The fact that Shiny-Brite ornaments were an American-made product was stressed as a selling point during World War II. Dating of the ornaments is often facilitated by studying the hook. The first Shiny-Brite ornaments had the traditional metal cap and loop, with the hook attached to the loop, from which the ornament was hung from the tree.

Maker Mark Uncle Sam shaking hands with Santa


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Image Caption CMY788a-n



Date JUL 23,2013

Summary Box: Good Ornaments: Poor

Assessor Jordan Beres

Notes The box still has a lot of its color with little fading and some rough edges. However the ornaments are beginning to become discolored, losing a lot of their mirror imaging and colors.