Reflections of Christmas Past

There is a vast array of holiday antiques and vintage collectibles: from German blown-glass ornaments to papier-mâché decorations, goose-feather trees to antique Christmas lights. And while the evergreen tree has been an unchanging symbol of Christmastime, its adornments have changed over the centuries.

ANTIQUE BELSNICKEL WITH BLUE COAT

ANTIQUE BELSNICKEL WITH BLUE COAT

The homemade paper cornucopias that hung on early Victorian Christmas trees gave way to wax ornaments shaped like angels. Today, antique bisque dolls create the perfect accent for a modern-day Victorian Christmas tree. When displayed along with vintage doll props such as porcelain tea sets, rocking horses, and wooden spinning tops, they re-create the feel of Christmas past.

VINTAGE 'ANGEL' CHOCOLATE MOLD

VINTAGE 'ANGEL' CHOCOLATE MOLD

Santa Claus, that immortal patron of Christmas, eventually emerged in ornamentation. Although Santa’s traditional appearance features his rosy dimpled cheeks, cherry-red nose and the trademark red Santa suit, black boots, and Santa hat, astute collectors are thrilled to find early papier-mâché Belsnickles and Santa ornaments with robes of unusual colors or adorned with fur. A few weeks ago, we had a brown chalk Belsnickle that sold for $2,600.00.
The image of Father Christmas was also depicted on early 20th century German candy containers and Santa chocolate molds. Recent acquisitions include a Composition Father Christmas candy container. Santa features a rabbit’s fur beard and is dressed in a blue felt robe trimmed in white and glistening with snow. We believe this to be of German origin, circa 1900. It is valued at $2,190.00. We also have a Father Christmas tin on copper chocolate mold marked “Eppelsheimer & Co. New York” and numbered “4707,” valued at $650.00

ANTIQUE "THOUSAND EYE" AMBER GLASS CHRISTMAS LIGHT

ANTIQUE "THOUSAND EYE" AMBER GLASS CHRISTMAS LIGHT

We have acquired a large selection of Christmas ornaments. Of particular note is a Dresden gold cat’s head Christmas ornament, circa 1910, valued at $600.00
Christmas tree lights were a logical extension of the invention of the electric light bulb in 1879. Early in their history, Christmas lights were so expensive that they were more commonly rented rather than sold; thus an electrically-lighted tree was considered to be a status symbol. Early figural light bulbs depicting fruit, flowers and holiday figures were blown in molds also used to make small glass ornaments.

ANTIQUE BELSNICKEL WITH YELLOW COAT

ANTIQUE BELSNICKEL WITH YELLOW COAT

Bubble Christmas lights, highly collectible today, were introduced in the mid-1940s. The bubble Christmas light bulb has a liquid-filled colored tube on top. As heat from the light bulb warms the liquid, bubbles rise in the tube.
Whether your ornaments are cherished family heirlooms or newly discovered relics, Christmas antiques and collectibles will make the tree of Christmas Present a reflection of Christmas Past.

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