Antique Glass Ornament Tinsel Inside Germany, Unsilvered Cottage Christmas Ornament, Glass Lantern Ornament
Hard to find German unsilvered Christmas ornament, a wonderful glass lantern (or sometimes referred to as a cottage or guard house), with a copper flower finial and silver tinsel inside! Circa 1920s.
It is a very fun ornament, with nicely molded details including scalloped shingles, embossed swags, corner stones, and bottom brickwork. It is hand painted with bright pink windows with a pale gold swag below them. The top has a wash of color and the bumpy bottom brick portion is red. A long multi-branch silver tinsel spray was inserted into the interior of the ornament to give it sparkle and shine. What a unique way to show a lit lantern! The ends of the tinsel emerge outside of the ornament, forming the hanging loop on top, and attaching to the metal flower disc at the bottom. It retains its original unmarked metal cap.
This wonderful antique unsilvered tinsel and glass ornament measures 2.75 inches tall to the top of the cap and about 1.5 inches wide. It is in excellent condition free of chips or cracks, with minor paint loss on the bottom.
What a fabulous addition to any antique German or unsilvered tinsel ornament collection, rare with the attached metal flower!
SIDE NOTE: Unsilvered ornaments with tinsel inside are most often American made War Era ornaments from the 1940s. However, this particular ornament is German made and very early. To set themselves apart from other ornament manufacturers, some of the Lauscha ornament makers would create this style of ornament which was so different from the silvered figurals that the region was known for. This makes this ornament quite special and hard to find!
Also, versions of this ornament shape are featured in many Christmas reference books. Various names are attributed to this cast embossed shape including: Lantern, Cottage, House, Guard House, Outhouse, and even House with Pine Roping!
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