Spun Glass Christmas Ornament

Spun glass, as the strands or threads are called, was produced from about 1900 until after World War I. Many ornaments were made in full circles or rosettes, while others were fashioned as wings, comets, tails, fans and skirts. The ornaments are a combination of embossed chromolithographs and glass fibers.

Colored spun glass is rarer than white, but the scrap of chromolithograph glued to the ornament usually determines the value of the piece. Angels, Santa figures and heads, children, butterflies and animals were common scraps used. Dresden foil stars were sometimes glued to the piece. Spun glass ornaments range in size from about 3 inches to over a foot in length. Some were made into tree top decorations.

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