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Collecting Vintage Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

Vintage Christmas OrnamentsIf you are a true collector of vintage Christmas ornaments, you are always on the look out for special finds at estate sales, house sales, and garage sales. You never know when you might find a hidden gem hidden among the junk.

There is no time of year that is the wrong time to shop and collect vintage Christmas ornaments because treasures turn up all year long if you know where to look for them. When Christmas comes around, it is such a joy to unpack all of your vintage ornaments, clean them up, and get them ready to fill your Christmas tree so that everyone can enjoy your collection.

If you like to collect vintage Christmas ornaments from around the world, one of the best places to keep looking is Ebay. Ebay sellers from around the globe specialize in their sales niche, and there are many reliable Ebay sellers of vintage Christmas ornaments.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Glass

Lot of 4 Vintage Poland Mica Swirl on Glass Christmas Ornaments 2 Red 2 Gold
Lot of 4 Vintage Poland Mica Swirl on Glass Christmas Ornaments 2 Red 2 Gold
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8 Vintage Mercury Glass Mica Hand Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments Poland
8 Vintage Mercury Glass Mica Hand Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments Poland
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Pair of Vintage Hand Painted Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Multi Color
Pair of Vintage Hand Painted Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Multi Color
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15 VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS INDENT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS SANTA LAND MADE IN POLAND
15 VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS INDENT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS SANTA LAND MADE IN POLAND
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Christmas Memories: Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies, 1920s-1960s Vintage ornaments come from countries as far away as Poland, Russia, and Italy in all kinds of materials including glass, plastic, and aluminum. Sizes, colors, and styles vary from country to country and seller to seller. Prices on Ebay are quite reasonable, and you can buy Christmas ornaments in lots or one at a time. There are some really fascinating holiday decorations.

Featured (right): This guide, Christmas Memories: Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies, 1920s-1960s, and the others featured on this page can help sort the wheat from the chaff.

Most of my particular favorite Yuletime ornaments are made of European glass.  But the styles of the glass Christmas time ornaments vary.  Some of the glass ornaments are frosted glass, while others are shiny and translucent.  I really love the hand blown glass ball ornaments.  The colors in blown glass are just sparkling and vibrant.

However, there are also some very interesting molded glass ornaments in various shapes of animals, and Christmas symbols.  Some have glass inside of other glass.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Christmas Scene

3 Vintage Hand Painted Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Snow Scene West Germany
3 Vintage Hand Painted Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Snow Scene West Germany
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Vintage Glass Christmas Ornament Hand Painted Manger Scene 125 Around
Vintage Glass Christmas Ornament Hand Painted Manger Scene 125 Around
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VINTAGE CHRISTMAS GLASS MICA COTTAGE SCENE BALL ORNAMENT POLAND
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS GLASS MICA COTTAGE SCENE BALL ORNAMENT POLAND
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Vintage Glass Diorama Scene Indent Christmas Ornament with Bottle Brush Wreath
Vintage Glass Diorama Scene Indent Christmas Ornament with Bottle Brush Wreath
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: German Glass

Vintage Shiny BriteWest German  USA Glass Christmas Ornaments E
Vintage Shiny BriteWest German USA Glass Christmas Ornaments E
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Vintage Shiny BriteWest German  USA Glass Christmas Ornaments F
Vintage Shiny BriteWest German USA Glass Christmas Ornaments F
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Vtg Mercury Glass West German Santa Claus Christmas Tree Ornament Decoration
Vtg Mercury Glass West German Santa Claus Christmas Tree Ornament Decoration
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Vintage West German Glass Christmas Ornaments B
Vintage West German Glass Christmas Ornaments B
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Christmas Ornaments Change from Culture to Culture

It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965The Christmas ornaments made in each country seem to have a certain style or styles that reflect the country that they were created in.

Featured (right): It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965

You can see this when you look at the vintage Russian Christmas ornaments to the right. Many of the shapes and motifs remind you of the Russian way of dress, and Russian color preferences.  Not surprisingly, vintage Christmas ornaments often took on a look of the world of their creators.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Russian Glass

THE 3 LITTLE PIGS VINTAGE RUSSIAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS IN ORIGINAL BOX 5
THE 3 LITTLE PIGS VINTAGE RUSSIAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS IN ORIGINAL BOX 5
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Vtg RUSSIAN Mercury Glass BOY ON SLED Hand Painted Xmas Ornament 3 1 8 tall
Vtg RUSSIAN Mercury Glass BOY ON SLED Hand Painted Xmas Ornament 3 1 8 tall
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Vtg RUSSIAN Glass CLIP ON WOMAN in Native Coat Hand Painted Xmas Ornament
Vtg RUSSIAN Glass CLIP ON WOMAN in Native Coat Hand Painted Xmas Ornament
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VTG SOVIET RUSSIAN GLASS ORNAMENT DECORATION Christmas TOY New Yer  64
VTG SOVIET RUSSIAN GLASS ORNAMENT DECORATION Christmas TOY New Yer 64
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Tiny

One Dozen Tiny Made in Japan Glass Christmas Ornaments Vintage Original Box
One Dozen Tiny Made in Japan Glass Christmas Ornaments Vintage Original Box
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54 Vintage Christmas Tiny Small Mini Ball Glass Ornaments for Feather Tree
54 Vintage Christmas Tiny Small Mini Ball Glass Ornaments for Feather Tree
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Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Silver Gold Pink
Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments Silver Gold Pink
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Christmas Tree Ornament Set Miniature Mini Tiny Russian Glass Vintage Old XMAS
Christmas Tree Ornament Set Miniature Mini Tiny Russian Glass Vintage Old XMAS
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Blown Glass

Box 12 Vintage Polish Hand Blown  Painted Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments
Box 12 Vintage Polish Hand Blown Painted Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments
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Vintage Silvestri Blown Glass Christmas Star Ornament NIP
Vintage Silvestri Blown Glass Christmas Star Ornament NIP
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Vtg Zeppelin BLOWN GLASS CHRISTMAS Blimp Ornament West Germany
Vtg Zeppelin BLOWN GLASS CHRISTMAS Blimp Ornament West Germany
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2 VTGHAND BLOWN GLASS 35 MADE IN POLAND CHRISTMAS BALLS GREAT CON
2 VTGHAND BLOWN GLASS 35 MADE IN POLAND CHRISTMAS BALLS GREAT CON
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Glass Christmas Ornament History

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s [Kindle Edition]Originally Christmas trees were decorated with fruit, popcorn, and candy canes. The first Christmas ornaments were called glass baubles, and they were first made in Lauscha, Germany by Hans Greiner in the 19th century. Greiner made garlands of glass beads similar to other garlands strung on trees at the time.

Featured: Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s

Other glassblowers in Lauscha recognised the growing popularity of Christmas baubles and began producing them in a wide range of designs.

In the 1840's, after a picture of England's Queen Victoria's Christmas tree was shown in a London newspaper decorated with glass ornaments and baubles from her husband's native Germany, Lauscha began exporting its products throughout Europe.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Rare

VINTAGE LOT SHINY BRITE USA GLASS STENCIL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS PINK RED RARES LG
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Darling Rare Vintage Christmas Feather Tree Strawberry Glass House Ornament
Darling Rare Vintage Christmas Feather Tree Strawberry Glass House Ornament
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RARE Shapes Vintage 5 OLD Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments 2 Inch
RARE Shapes Vintage 5 OLD Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments 2 Inch
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RARE VTG BLUE PINK GLASS TEARDROP OVAL EGG CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS ORIG BOX FRANKEL
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More Types of Collectible Vintage Ornaments

Cotton Batting Ornaments

Cotton batting ornaments from Europe, were made in the late 1800's by turning cotton batting into Christmas figurines.

Dresden Paper Ornaments

Dresden Christmas ornaments are made from cardboard that has been gilded.

Plastic Ornaments

Plastic ornaments were introduced after WWII. Since most people were not buying products from Japan and Germany after the war, plastics became very popular.

Kitschmasland!: Christmas Decor from the 1950s to the 1970s

Featured (above): Kitschmasland!: Christmas Decor from the 1950s to the 1970s

Dresden Christmas Ornaments

GERMAN DRESDEN DIECUT GOLD FOIL PAPER MEDIUM ORNAMENTS VICTORIAN CRAFTS
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Antique Paper Christmas Doll Dresden Stars
Antique Paper Christmas Doll Dresden Stars
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New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Mini Elephant Feather Tree Decoration
New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Mini Elephant Feather Tree Decoration
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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT VINTAGE DRESDEN STYLE 3 INDENT GLASS CRINKLE WIRE
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Antique Cotton Batting Christmas Ornaments

Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament TALL Girl Angel Diecut Face Figure
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Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament Female Angel w Diecut Face Figure only
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Lot of 5 Vintage 1930s Cotton Batting Head Christmas Angels Ornaments Japan
Lot of 5 Vintage 1930s Cotton Batting Head Christmas Angels Ornaments Japan
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Antique German Bisque Head Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament ca1900
Antique German Bisque Head Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament ca1900
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Meanings of Christmas Ornaments

Certain shapes of vintage Christmas ornaments had specific meanings attributed to them.  Here are some of the more common ones.

  • Pickles represented good luck.
  • Fruits and vegetables symbolized the harvest.
  • Birds represented biblical messengers that brought God's love to the world.
  • Ornaments with geometric concave indentations were used during the Victorian era to ward off evil spirits. They were called “witches eyes.”
  • Fish were an early Christian symbol for Christ.

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Italian Glass

Vintage Italy Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Mermaid
Vintage Italy Mercury Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Mermaid
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Vintage 1990 Glass Christmas Ornament Handblown Signed
Vintage 1990 Glass Christmas Ornament Handblown Signed
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Vtg Italian Italy Figural HOT PINK Mouse Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament RARE
Vtg Italian Italy Figural HOT PINK Mouse Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament RARE
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Vintage Italian Hand Painted Figural Christmas Tree Mercury Glass Ornament
Vintage Italian Hand Painted Figural Christmas Tree Mercury Glass Ornament
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Longevity of Christmas Ornaments

A collection of vintage Christmas ornaments is the type of heirloom keepsake collection that your family will truly appreciate each year when you unpack your ornaments and hang them on your Christmas tree. Each year as your collection grows, your tree will just look better and better, and your ornaments will last for a very long time.

Ornaments add pleasure and color to a family oriented holiday, and bring cheer to your home. With vintage Christmas ornaments you can also have a piece of history attached to your family occasion, and family Christmas traditions.

Vintage Christmas ornaments made meaningful gifts for friends and family as well. Most vintage Christmas ornaments are affordable, and lightweight, so they are easy to give to anyone. You can pick out vintage ornaments that will appeal and have meaning for specific recipients for them to treasure as much as you do. Or you can build your collection together as a family, collecting new vintage ornaments for each family member to start their own vintage Christmas tree.

Antique Christmas Ornaments

Red Decorated Trike Resin Christmas Ornament 1890 Box Z
Red Decorated Trike Resin Christmas Ornament 1890 Box Z
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THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1890 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GREAT GIFT
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OOAK Puritan Children Xmas Ornament C1890 Die Cut Tinsel Japan Glass Beads
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Firefighters Ornament Collection Blown Glass 2nd Ed 1890s Steamer Fire Truck
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Guides to Christmas Collectibles

Christmas Ornaments, Lights and Decorations: Collector's Identification & Value Guide (Christmas Ornaments II, Lights & Decorations) Christmas Ornaments, Lights and Decorations: Collector's Identification & Value Guide (Christmas Ornaments II, Lights & Decorations)
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