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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 Green  Orange Double Indented Teardrop Shaped Glass Christmas Tree Ornament
Vtg Green Orange Double Indented Teardrop Shaped Glass Christmas Tree Ornament
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4 Vintage Shiny Brite  Poland Glass  Plastic Teardrop Christmas Ornaments
4 Vintage Shiny Brite Poland Glass Plastic Teardrop Christmas Ornaments
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Vintage Pink and Silver Indented Teardrop Shaped Glass Christmas Tree Ornament
Vintage Pink and Silver Indented Teardrop Shaped Glass Christmas Tree Ornament
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Vtg Poland Mercury Glass SUPER Deep Indent Christmas Ornaments 5
Vtg Poland Mercury Glass SUPER Deep Indent Christmas Ornaments 5
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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

Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament NATIVITY
Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament NATIVITY
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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 Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament ANGEL WITH DEER
Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament ANGEL WITH DEER
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Vintage Christopher Radko COUNTRY SCENE Triple Indent Christmas Ornament  RARE
Vintage Christopher Radko COUNTRY SCENE Triple Indent Christmas Ornament RARE
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: German Glass

VTG Larger Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament RADKO GERMAN Church
VTG Larger Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament RADKO GERMAN Church
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Vintage Christmas Glittered West German Glass Ornament PINK  BLUE
Vintage Christmas Glittered West German Glass Ornament PINK BLUE
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Vintage GERMAN 1960s YELLOW PEAR Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament
Vintage GERMAN 1960s YELLOW PEAR Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament
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Antique German Blown Glass Santa Head Christmas Ornament Vintage Mercury
Antique German Blown Glass Santa Head Christmas Ornament Vintage Mercury
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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

Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR glass ornament Dragonfly
Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR glass ornament Dragonfly
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Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR silver glass ornament Birds
Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR silver glass ornament Birds
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Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR silver glass ornament set
Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR silver glass ornament set
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Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR glass ornament Cones set
Christmas X MAS VTG Russian SOVIET USSR glass ornament Cones set
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Tiny

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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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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14 Blue TINY VTG SHINY BRITE MERCURY GLASS XMAS FEATHER TREE ORNAMENTS MINIATURE
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Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Tree Christmas Ornaments
Vintage Tiny Mercury Glass Tree Christmas Ornaments
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments: Blown Glass

Set of 6 Vintage Rauch Mini Christmas Blown Glass Icicle Ornaments
Set of 6 Vintage Rauch Mini Christmas Blown Glass Icicle Ornaments
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Vintage Hand Blown GLASS Christmas Ornaments Box of 3
Vintage Hand Blown GLASS Christmas Ornaments Box of 3
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Vintage European 1960s AUTOMOBILE CAR Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament
Vintage European 1960s AUTOMOBILE CAR Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament
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3 VINTAGE OLD CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS 2 MERCURY GLASS 1 BLUE HAND BLOWN G 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 Christmas Ornaments 12 Shiny Brite Poland Indents Mica Glitter Old Rare
Vintage Christmas Ornaments 12 Shiny Brite Poland Indents Mica Glitter Old Rare
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Vintage SHINY BRITE Stenciled SANTA RARE Glass Christmas Ornament o1511
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Radko Mimbres Mogollon Culture FIRST Year 5 Glass Christmas ornament Vtg RARE
Radko Mimbres Mogollon Culture FIRST Year 5 Glass Christmas ornament Vtg RARE
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VINTAGE RARE HAND PAINTED AMBER CRACKLE KUGEL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
VINTAGE RARE HAND PAINTED AMBER CRACKLE KUGEL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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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

Dapple Grey Dresden Type Christmas Ornament
Dapple Grey Dresden Type Christmas Ornament
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WHITE Paper Die Cut Dresden Shrap SNOWFLAKES Christmas Wrap Ornaments Decoupage
WHITE Paper Die Cut Dresden Shrap SNOWFLAKES Christmas Wrap Ornaments Decoupage
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PAIR DRESDEN ANTIQUE CANDY CHRISTMAS BASKET ORNAMENTS
PAIR DRESDEN ANTIQUE CANDY CHRISTMAS BASKET ORNAMENTS
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WINGS ANGEL WHITE GERMAN PAPER ORNAMENT EMBOSSED SCRAP DRESDEN DOLL CHRISTMAS
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Antique Cotton Batting Christmas Ornaments

Very Old Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament w Santa Diecuts FAN
Very Old Cotton Batting Christmas Ornament w Santa Diecuts FAN
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Large 4 Rare Antique Cotton Batting Bug for Christmas  or Halloween Decoration
Large 4 Rare Antique Cotton Batting Bug for Christmas or Halloween Decoration
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LG VTG RUSSIAN SPUN COTTON BATTING FRUIT PEAR XMAS ORNAMENT
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OLD COTTON BATTING BABY GIRL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
OLD COTTON BATTING BABY GIRL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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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 Lovely Clear with White VENETIAN GLASS CANDY ORNAMENT VENICE ITALY
Vintage Lovely Clear with White VENETIAN GLASS CANDY ORNAMENT VENICE ITALY
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Vintage Lovely Mini Blue Round VENETIAN GLASS CANDY ORNAMENT VENICE ITALY
Vintage Lovely Mini Blue Round VENETIAN GLASS CANDY ORNAMENT VENICE ITALY
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Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament NATIVITY
Vintage Italy Scene Glass Christmas Ornament NATIVITY
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Vtg not Italy Blown Mercury Glass Ornament Tall Clown Pink Red W Germany Xmas
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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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Antique Violin Christmas Ornament Ceramic Porcelain c1890 1910
Antique Violin Christmas Ornament Ceramic Porcelain c1890 1910
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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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Guides to Christmas Collectibles

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