Shiny & Bright – Shiny Brites, Ornaments with a Past

I hope they all had shiny & bright Christmases…

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That all their Christmas wishes were filled…maybe a puppy, skates with keys, dolls & sweet treats…a ring?

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Who? You ask…

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The families who owned our box of red Shiny Brites before us.

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The Shiny Brite Company of New York was founded in 1937 by Max Eckardt.

Max worked with Corning Glass to mass produce glass ornaments.  This all American made product was the most popular Christmas decor of the 1940′s & 50′s.

This box, & the others I have, are likely pre WWII as the caps & hooks are metal. During the war, due to a metal shortage, the caps were made of cardboard. Thereafter, the hooks were made of metal again and elongated.

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I love thinking about all the hands that held each Shiny Brite ornament up to a branch.  What were their lives like?  Was there music playing as they decorated, laughter, snow falling…?

I like to think they were happy.  I feel connected to them.

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Our red Shiny Brites are adorning my little vintage silver tree.  I found the tree in a crumbling box at an estate sale.  I wasn’t sure all the branches would be in the box, but for a dollar took the chance.  Good news ~ all there!

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Balanced in a maple syrup bucket and nestled with a grain sack, the little tree is standing tall & proud.  Gracing its branches are shiny & bright remnants of the past.

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Do you have any ornaments with a past?

** Kelly **

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  1. Hi Kelly, those are very pretty ornaments and look lovely on the silver tree. I have a lot of vintage glass ornaments and love it when I find them in their original box. That’s the best, isn’t it? Once I found several boxes full of pastel ornaments and they look lovely on my silver tree. Hope your last few days before Christmas are calm and full of happy family times. :)

  2. Kelly, I love your Shiny Brites! I just adore old, vintage ornaments and have some that belonged to my grandparents. Thanks for sharing this lovely post! Hope you are having a wonderful and happy week – wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and wishes for a fabulous 2014!

  3. GERI CLIFFORD says:

    CHRISTMAS IS A GENTLE SEASON THAT STIRS UP OLD MEMORIES OF THE HEART AND MANY HAPPY TIMES. WE HAVE SUCH AN ORNAMENT. IT IS A RED PLASTIC DOG THAT STARTED OUT ON A FAMILY TREE SOME SEVENTY YEARS AGO. HE IS THE LAST ORNAMENT TO BE PUT UP NOW BY THE “SAME GUY” WHO HAD DECIDED ALL THOSE YEARS AGO EXACTLY THE PERFECT BRANCH.

  4. we too have a fondness for shiny brights and other old ornaments ! our tree is filled with them, passed down from both of our families and with others we have added as we we antique and thrift. both of our daughter’s have now filled their trees with these lovely old treasures too. thanks for a bit of the history and I love that original box.

    • Isn’t the box just wonderful. I was considering displaying them in it this year. But the little tree needed them more. Merry Christmas Kathi ~ to you & yours!

  5. What a delightful post! LOVE your little silver tree with the shiny brites in the bucket. So much charm from the past. And yes, I adore vintage ornaments!!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!
    Mary Alice

  6. Yes, I have most of my mom’s and then ones that I’ve had for over 50 yrs. I treasure these the most. Hugs, Marty

  7. Those are so pretty, Kelly! I love the color and the tree. I have an ornament collection from my mother. Every year since I have been married she gives me an ornament!

    Just stopping by to wish you the merriest of Christmases!
    karianne

    • Karianne thank you so much for stopping by! I was just thinking of you yesterday & planned to send a Christmas wish your way today! All the happiness to you & your family.
      xx

  8. We used to live in Kingston-Upon-Thames – sure you remember Kingston or Richmond from your London times, we renovated our garden in our 1800′s railway cottage that we lived (2 up 2 down – first house before kids) after digging up mounds of earth we discovered a metal shop sign it was very, very old – probably;y from around the time the house was built – circa 1860 I think! I wish now we had brought it with us – the UK has antiques just dusting away in charity shops let alone markets. I wish I had a Harry Potter style Pensieve to look back and see how things were.

    • Oh Bella I want to grab a Pensieve and have a look see at your first home. I sounds utterly magical! Oh the sign left behind. Sigh… But what fun to have unearthed it.
      xx

  9. I think it adds to the magic of Christmas Kelly to wonder about Christmases of the past. I bet some very careful mother took great care with your shiny brites and gently boxed them up after Christmas was finished for another year and stored them safely until it was time to bring them out again. I wonder how many hands have held them?
    Happy New Year sweets xx

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