Dating shiny brite
Transparent bulbs with cardboard caps are considered the Holy Grail for vintage Shiny Brite ornament collectors.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.Glass ornaments were a German invention, but Eckardt, an importer, saw an opening.According to the website Scripophily, he and Bill Thompson of F. Woolworth convinced the Corning Glass Company to mass produce machine-blown Christmas tree balls.Starting with simple silver, the ornaments were eventually produced in a large variety of colors; classic red (the most popular ornament color in the 1940s), green, gold, and even pink and blue.Any exterior stripes, or sometimes flowers, were painted on by hand.
There they were silvered, sprayed inside with silver nitrate, and lacquered to give them a appearance.
Interestingly, the history of the Shiny Brite ornament was directly impacted by wartime America.