The fact that Shiny Brite ornaments were an American-made product was stressed as a selling point during World War II, even featuring Uncle Sam on the box! The accurate dating of Shiny Brites is often helped by studying the hook.
But as the war drew closer, Eckardt realized his ability to import ornaments from Germany would end. If you don’t know what you’re looking for in the vintage aspect, just be aware that today many of these designs are in reproduction by Christopher Radko.
It was this foresight that led to the decision to start making glass ornaments in the United States. And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a reproduction thing.
Most everyone did those big fat colored lights and all the ornaments were colorful too. We were over in Marietta over the weekend spending some time with my family for Christmas. For these pics, I piled them in a white iron bird feeder, but they don’t all fit inside here.
My mom still puts up a little fake tree and was still using these ornaments up until last year.
Those ornaments were so pretty and magical to my little bitty self and I can remember sitting under the tree, with the lights all lit up, looking at the ornaments and dreaming of Christmas. That was the finishing touch on those trees of childhood.
These fragile things are paper thin blown glass and about 50 years old, so what do you expect? This silver with teal and hot pink is one that I really remember, along with the frosted snow on top.
This was where most decorations came from at the time, but Eckardt’s company specialized in hand-blown glass ornaments similar to these ones from Poland.
These imported glass ornaments, so colorful and fun, were extremely popular. And if you’re after vintage Shiny Brites, don’t be fooled.
Manufacturers include Napco, Lefton, Relpo, Commodore, Kreiss, Ucago, Inarco and more.