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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

VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT NAVY  SILVER
VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT NAVY SILVER
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VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT EGG SHAPED FUSHIA
VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT EGG SHAPED FUSHIA
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VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT CREAM W GOLD INDENT
VINTAGE POLISH GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT CREAM W GOLD INDENT
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3 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Germany Indented and Teardrop
3 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Germany Indented and Teardrop
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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

4 VTG BLOWN GLASS SCENE INSIDE GLITTER XMAS ORNAMENTS SANTAS SNOWMAN NATIVITY
4 VTG BLOWN GLASS SCENE INSIDE GLITTER XMAS ORNAMENTS SANTAS SNOWMAN NATIVITY
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8 VINTAGE RED CHRISTMAS GLASS ORNAMENTS LOT SILVER GLITTER SCENE
8 VINTAGE RED CHRISTMAS GLASS ORNAMENTS LOT SILVER GLITTER SCENE
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VINTAGE ITALY DIORAMA MERCURY GLASS MANGER SCENE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
VINTAGE ITALY DIORAMA MERCURY GLASS MANGER SCENE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament ELF WITH DEER
Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament ELF WITH DEER
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: German Glass

VINTAGE GERMAN GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BELL ORNAMENT FUSHIA
VINTAGE GERMAN GLASS INDENTED CHRISTMAS BELL ORNAMENT FUSHIA
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Vintage German Faux Feather Tree Miniature Christmas Mercury Glass Ornament
Vintage German Faux Feather Tree Miniature Christmas Mercury Glass Ornament
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German Vintage Lauscha Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Clip On Birds On Nest 1960s
German Vintage Lauscha Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Clip On Birds On Nest 1960s
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Vintage German Red Indent Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament
Vintage German Red Indent Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament
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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

Vintage Christmas GLASS ORNAMENTS Girl Red Hat Soviet USSR
Vintage Christmas GLASS ORNAMENTS Girl Red Hat Soviet USSR
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Vintage Lot of 22 Glass Russian Made Unused Christmas Ornament Balls
Vintage Lot of 22 Glass Russian Made Unused Christmas Ornament Balls
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RARE 1950s VTG Russian Soviet Christmas Glass Ornament toy STAR propaganda Xmas
RARE 1950s VTG Russian Soviet Christmas Glass Ornament toy STAR propaganda Xmas
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XMAS VTG antique russian soviet USSR glass ornament silver decoration
XMAS VTG antique russian soviet USSR glass ornament silver decoration
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Tiny

Cody Foster Tiny of Box 12 Glass Orbit Ornaments Vintage Style Christmas New
Cody Foster Tiny of Box 12 Glass Orbit Ornaments Vintage Style Christmas New
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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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60 Vintage Glass Blown Christmas Tree Ornaments TINY SHINY BRITES BELLS LOT 34
60 Vintage Glass Blown Christmas Tree Ornaments TINY SHINY BRITES BELLS LOT 34
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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

ANTIQUE VINTAGE BLOWN GLASS FIGURAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS lot
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Vtg Figural Loving Cup Urn Pink Blown Glass Christmas Painted Ornament
Vtg Figural Loving Cup Urn Pink Blown Glass Christmas Painted Ornament
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1920 CZECH VINTAGE MERCURY BLOWN GLASS BEAD WIRED CHRISTMAS DOUBLE STAR ORNAMENT
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VINTAGE GLASS HAND BLOWN HAND PAINTED CHRISTMAS GREEN BALL ORNAMENT GERMANY
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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 Holly Hobby Plastic Christmas Tree Ornament made in Japan RARE
Vintage Holly Hobby Plastic Christmas Tree Ornament made in Japan RARE
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Vintage Shiny Brite Twelve Christmas Glass Ornaments Bulbs Rare Colors
Vintage Shiny Brite Twelve Christmas Glass Ornaments Bulbs Rare Colors
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Q RARE VINTAGE PEANUTS SNOOPY WOODSTOCK SLEIGH MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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Rare Vintage Schleich Christmas Tree Smurf Christmas Ornament PVC Figure
Rare Vintage Schleich Christmas Tree Smurf Christmas Ornament PVC Figure
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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

VTG 1910 GERMAN DRESDEN VICTORIAN XMAS ORNAMENT MINI SUITCASE CANDY CONTAINER
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DRESDEN FOOTBALL PAPER CANDY CONTAINER CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT GERMANY VINTAGE
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CROSS RELIGIOUS SHRINE GOLD DRESDEN GERMANY ORNAMENT COLLAGE EASTER CHRISTMAS
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GOLD SMALL MEDALLION ORNAMENT CHRISTMAS VICTORIAN GERMAN DRESDEN FOIL ORNATE
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Antique Cotton Batting Christmas Ornaments

RARE COTTON BATTING SANTA RIDES ON MICA AIRPLANE 1920S CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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2 1 4 VTG RUSSIAN SPUN COTTON BATTING TURNIP  XMAS ORNAMENT
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2 1 4 VTG RUSSIAN SPUN COTTON BATTING ORANGE XMAS ORNAMENT
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Vtg Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament Santa w Diecut Face 6tall
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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 Blown Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament Mexican Senor Sombrero
Vintage Italy Blown Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament Mexican Senor Sombrero
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Vintage THOMAS PACCONI Art Glass SNOWMAN With BUNNIES Figure Christmas Ornament
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Vintage Glass Christmas Ornament Parrot Bird Polonaise Hand Craft Stamped Italy
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Vintage Italian Frosted Glass Long Ear CIRCUS ELEPHANTS Christmas Ornaments
Vintage Italian Frosted Glass Long Ear CIRCUS ELEPHANTS Christmas Ornaments
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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

Vintage 1999 Blown Glass Firefighters Christmas Tree Ornament 1890s Steamer
Vintage 1999 Blown Glass Firefighters Christmas Tree Ornament 1890s Steamer
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Santa Thru The Ages Christmas Ornament Circa 1890 First Edition
Santa Thru The Ages Christmas Ornament Circa 1890 First Edition
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THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1890 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GREAT GIFT
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2 Antique 1890s German Spun Glass Dresden Paper Angels Xmas Ornaments
2 Antique 1890s German Spun Glass Dresden Paper Angels Xmas Ornaments
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Guides to Christmas Collectibles

Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and Values Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and Values
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