Cotton pressed (or spun) ornaments originated from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Austria and later from Japan. Artisans created spun cotton items in many forms. Popular versions were fruit and vegetables. Other examples took on holiday forms of elves, angels, and snowmen. Additionally you may find spun cotton animals and people. The most common food items were apples, pears, oranges and turnips. More difficult items include tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, strawberries, cherries, carrots and grapes. Some items are dusted with mica. A favorite display is a feather tree heavily laden with fruits and vegetables; your own special Sugar Plum Tree!
Beware of reproductions which are becoming more prominent. Recently new spun cotton ornaments wrapped in wire have appeared in Christmas shops.