This time of year brings back many memories for people from different times and moments in their life. And for me one of those memories is some of the ornaments on my Christmas tree.
I grew up with an Angel for a tree topper, and Shiny Brite glass ornaments on the tree. My grandmother's whole tree was practically all Shiny Brites. Do you remember Shiny Brite’s? Shiny Brite was actually the trade name of the ornaments, but the name has been confused over the years as the style name of the ornaments.
And that’s probably because there were Shiny Brites in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Like this assortment above...... Now, see why I like shiny brite balls!!! Ornaments like these were all the rage in the 1950’s and 60’s, and remained popular into the 70’s and 80’s. But Shiny Brites have been around since before World War II.
I have quite a few of these balls in the boxes like above from the Dame Courtney like above. The boxes have seen better days, but I don't have the heart to throw them out. This comapny now has some of the most sought after vintage ornaments from Mid-Century times. Before World War II Max Eckardt, an American businessman, had been importing Christmas tree ornaments from Germany. This was where most decorations came from at the time, but Eckardt’s company specialized in hand-blown glass ornaments similar to these balls from Poland.
These imported glass ornaments, so colorful and fun, were extremely popular. But as the war drew closer, Eckardt realized his ability to import ornaments from Germany would end. It was this foresight that led to the decision to start making glass ornaments in the United States. And so… Shiny Brite was established. The rest they say, is history. And if you’re after vintage Shiny Brites, don’t be fooled. If you don’t know what you’re looking for in the vintage aspect, just be aware that today many of these designs are in reproduction by Christopher Radko. And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a reproduction thing. But you also need to make sure dealers aren’t duping you!
Just because the box says Shiny Brite doesn’t mean the ornaments inside are Shiny Brites! Know your balls I say!!!! But is it just me, or do these balls make you happy too?!?!? I just love the look of them, with their colors. It why I love to just fill things with them like you saw from my post on Sunday. I love my Shiny Brites!!!
Do you have any shiny brite balls?