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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

Vtg Christmas Ornament Glass Hand painted Poland Pink Shabby Chic Pastels
Vtg Christmas Ornament Glass Hand painted Poland Pink Shabby Chic Pastels
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Vintage Christmas glass ornamentsBoxed set of 3Made in PolandGirl on a swing
Vintage Christmas glass ornamentsBoxed set of 3Made in PolandGirl on a swing
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Lot of 24 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Indent Assorted Colors
Lot of 24 Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments Poland Indent Assorted Colors
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VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT POLAND SUN
VINTAGE MERCURY GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT POLAND SUN
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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

VTG EMPTY DIORAMA MOUNTAINS SCENE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT ITALIAN ITALY NICE
VTG EMPTY DIORAMA MOUNTAINS SCENE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT ITALIAN ITALY NICE
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2 Vtg Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Reindeer Candle Celluloid Scene Ornament Japa
2 Vtg Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Reindeer Candle Celluloid Scene Ornament Japa
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Vintage Rare Pointy Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Scene Ornament Cottage Austria
Vintage Rare Pointy Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Scene Ornament Cottage Austria
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8 Vintage Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Scene Christmas Tree Ornaments Japan
8 Vintage Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Scene Christmas Tree Ornaments Japan
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: German Glass

Vintage German Glass Tomato Ornaments
Vintage German Glass Tomato Ornaments
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VINTAGE GERMAN INGE GLAS OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS GLASS STRAWBERRY FRUIT ORNAMENT
VINTAGE GERMAN INGE GLAS OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS GLASS STRAWBERRY FRUIT ORNAMENT
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Vintage German Purple Rose Glass Ornament
Vintage German Purple Rose Glass Ornament
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Vintage West German Glass house Christmas ornament
Vintage West German Glass house 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

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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Christmas Tree Decoration Russian Soviet Glass Vintage Ornament New Year 1960
Christmas Tree Decoration Russian Soviet Glass Vintage Ornament New Year 1960
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VTG SOVIET RUSSIAN GLASS ORNAMENT DECORATION Christmas TOY New Year 65pc
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VINTAGE RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS TOY GLASS VINTAGE SOVIET USSR NEW YEAR CONIFER TREE
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Tiny

Christmas Ornaments Vtg Boxes 24 Tiny Mercury Glass1 2  7 8 For Feather Tree
Christmas Ornaments Vtg Boxes 24 Tiny Mercury Glass1 2 7 8 For Feather Tree
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Vintage Russian Christmas Mini ornaments Ded Moroz Miniature Tiny Xmas Santa LOT
Vintage Russian Christmas Mini ornaments Ded Moroz Miniature Tiny Xmas Santa LOT
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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 Tiny Mercury Glass Feather Tree Ornaments IOB Japan 20mm
Vintage Christmas Tiny Mercury Glass Feather Tree Ornaments IOB Japan 20mm
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Blown Glass

Vintage 50s Blown Mercury Glass Beaded Multi color Christmas Tree Garland 8 ft
Vintage 50s Blown Mercury Glass Beaded Multi color Christmas Tree Garland 8 ft
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VINTAGE BLOWN GOLD GLASS APPLE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GLITTER LEAF
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Vintage CZECHOSLOVAKIA Blown Glass MRS Man in the MOON Christmas Ornament
Vintage CZECHOSLOVAKIA Blown Glass MRS Man in the MOON Christmas Ornament
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Whimsical Hand Blown and Hand Painted Duck Mercury Glass made in Italy Vintage
Whimsical Hand Blown and Hand Painted Duck Mercury Glass made in Italy Vintage
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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 RARE RED MUSHROOM SHINY BRITE STENCIL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
VINTAGE RARE RED MUSHROOM SHINY BRITE STENCIL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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RARE ANTIQUE Mercury Lauscha Glass Bird Clip On Xmas Ornament Vtg Feather Tree
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RARE Vintage Uncle MistletoeAunt Holly Marshall Field Glass Christmas Ornaments
RARE Vintage Uncle MistletoeAunt Holly Marshall Field Glass Christmas Ornaments
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ViNtAgE shiny brite rare box boxed tree orns tops spheres bumpy OLD
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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

DRESDEN SCRAP CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTCHERUBS W FLOWERSBLUE METAL WIRE STAR
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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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New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Mini Buffalo Bison Feather Tree Decorati
New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Mini Buffalo Bison Feather Tree Decorati
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New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Turtle Tortoise Feather Tree Decoration
New 3D Dresden Paper Christmas Ornament Turtle Tortoise Feather Tree Decoration
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Antique Cotton Batting Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Cotton Batting Santa w Diecut STICKER FACE christmas tree ornament
Vintage Cotton Batting Santa w Diecut STICKER FACE christmas tree ornament
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OLD COTTON BATTING BABY GIRL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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Antique Vintage Santa Claus Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament Chenille
Antique Vintage Santa Claus Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament Chenille
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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

Whimsical Hand Blown and Hand Painted Duck Mercury Glass made in Italy Vintage
Whimsical Hand Blown and Hand Painted Duck Mercury Glass made in Italy Vintage
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Vintage Mid Century Italy Glass Candle Clip Christmas Tree Ornament Blown Glass
Vintage Mid Century Italy Glass Candle Clip Christmas Tree Ornament Blown Glass
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VTG EMPTY DIORAMA MOUNTAINS SCENE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT ITALIAN ITALY NICE
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Large Vintage Blown Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Ornament Santa Reindeer Italy
Large Vintage Blown Mercury Glass Diorama Indent Ornament Santa Reindeer Italy
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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

THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1890 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT GREAT GIFT
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Green Decorated Trike Resin Christmas Ornament 1890 Box Z
Green Decorated Trike Resin Christmas Ornament 1890 Box Z
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Memories of Santa Ornament 1890 Cover of Puck Magazine in original box
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Lovely Ceramic Old World Santa Christmas Ornament 1890
Lovely Ceramic Old World Santa Christmas Ornament 1890
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Guides to Christmas Collectibles

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