An American businessman named Max Eckardt released Christmas tree decorations imported from Germany into the US about 1907. The ornaments consisted primarily of modest hand blown glass balls which were colorfully decorated. Late inside the 1930s although, it was basic to Eckardt which the oncoming war was planning to disrupt his provides. So he designed a business arrangement Along with the Corning Glass Enterprise that received them begun on Xmas ornament manufacturing in their light weight bulb plants. Corning commenced creating the glass ornaments right after adapting their own individual mild bulb manufacturing procedure and proceeded to ship ornaments to the two Woolworth’s suppliers and to Eckardt’s factories in which the simple ornaments could possibly be even further adorned by hand just after being machine lacquered.
Given that the wartime shortages amplified, earning both of those lacquer and silver challenging to come by, Eckardt started owning the ornaments decorated in pastels and vibrant shades. Therefore, Shiny Brite ornaments grew to become very talked about as a result of their uniqueness and soon become a staple of each spouse and children’s Xmas trees. By the tip of your war, Shiny Brite was the largest company of Xmas ornaments on earth and the popularity from the ornaments raged on in to the 1950s.
Shiny Brite stopped building and providing the glass balls in 1962 because of creation disruption and due to the switching enterprise landscape and moved to the creation of plastic ornaments, which never ever proved to become as well known. But now that we have been in the twenty first century, demand for the original vintage glass ornaments has shot up and you’ll find several “Shiny Brite” ornaments around Ebay.
Another thing to remember however when procuring on eBay for these ornaments is that a lot of sellers and customers manage to feel that “Shiny Brite” refers to some sort of ornament as an alternative to a specific brand name title. So Should you be looking especially for ornaments created by Max Eckardt’s enterprise, you might want to do some digging into your auctions.
Besides the vintage Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments offered at antique outlets, flea markets and on the web, Christopher Radko started out earning reproductions in the ornaments all around 2020 and you’ll find People on eBay in addition. Generally nevertheless you don’t need to be concerned about the Radko reproductions remaining handed off as being the vintage ornaments since Radko’s ornaments are collectible in their very own suitable. Also, Radko’s ornaments are created in Europe and all of the original Shiny Brite’s have been of yank manufacture.