Dating shiny brite ornaments
Many collectors consider this to be the low point of the Shiny Brite name. Mr Radko purchased the name in 1998 and brought the beauty back to Shiny Brites.
It’s still VERY likely to find complete boxes of the vintage glass gems at garage/yard sales, but e Bay and Etsy are both excellent sources for sourcing them year round……I do.
All un-silvered ornaments aren’t necessarily war-time. The company continued to produce them well into the 1950s. When the war finally ended in 1945, metal restrictions receded. Because they remained affordable for 1950’s families, a boxed set of a dozen sold for about 60 cents, these American-made ornaments flourished.
Shiny Brites were proudly made in the USA (a selling point during WWII as previous to this many glass ornaments were imported from Germany).
They were mass-produced in a process that started with unadorned glass bulbs supplied by the Corning company that were then hand decorated and machine lacquered in Eckardt’s factories.
Luckily for any collector, Shiny Brites were sold in divided cardboard boxes that held up pretty well over the years.
One of my favorite things about the box is the image of Santa shaking hands with Uncle Sam, emphasizing the fact that they were indeed American Made. I’m pretty certain the German-made ornaments didn’t have that on their box.
When I was a kid, my parents (being antique dealers) always had a hodge podge of different antique decorations for the holidays.