An American businessman named Max Eckardt released Christmas tree decorations imported from Germany to the US close to 1907. The ornaments consisted primarily of compact hand-blown glass balls that were being colorfully decorated. Late in the 1930s while, it was plain to Eckardt that the oncoming war was going to disrupt his provides. So he manufactured a business enterprise arrangement with the Corning Glass Company that received them started on Christmas ornament manufacturing in their mild bulb vegetation. Corning started earning the glass ornaments after adapting their individual gentle bulb manufacturing approach and proceeded to ship ornaments to each Woolworth’s suppliers and to Eckardt’s factories wherever the plain ornaments could be even further adorned by hand after staying device-lacquered.
As the wartime shortages amplified, building both equally lacquer and silver hard to occur by, Eckardt begun having the ornaments adorned in pastels and shiny colors. As a consequence, Shiny Brite ornaments turned quite popular simply because of their uniqueness and soon turn out to be a staple of every family’s Christmas trees. By the close of the war, Shiny Brite was the most significant producer of Xmas ornaments in the world and the reputation of the ornaments raged on into the 1950s.
Shiny Brite stopped creating and promoting the glass balls in 1962 simply because of manufacturing disruption and for the reason that of the transforming company landscape and moved into the generation of plastic ornaments, which in no way proved to be as preferred. But now that we are in the 21st century, need for the authentic vintage glass ornaments has shot up and you can expect to obtain numerous “Shiny Brite” ornaments all about Ebay.
Just one matter to retain in mind nevertheless when procuring on eBay for these ornaments is that numerous sellers and purchasers feel to think that “Shiny Brite” refers to a form of ornament fairly than a specific brand identify. So if you are searching especially for ornaments made by Max Eckardt’s business, you might want to do a tiny digging into the auctions.
In addition to the classic Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments accessible at antique retailers, flea marketplaces and on-line, Christopher Radko started out generating reproductions of the ornaments close to 2001 and you’ll locate these on eBay as perfectly. Normally though you really don’t have to stress about the Radko reproductions getting handed off as the classic ornaments simply because Radko’s ornaments are collectible in their personal suitable. Also, Radko’s ornaments are produced in Europe and all of the primary Shiny Brite’s were of American manufacture.