Shiny Brite Ornaments

April 29, 2008 under Christmas

[ad] Late in the 1930s, businessman Max Eckardt made an arrangement with the Corning Glass Company that got them started on Christmas ornament production in their light bulb plants. Corning started making glass ornaments for Eckardt's line after adapting their own light bulb manufacturing process and proceeded to ship ornaments to both Woolworth's stores and to Eckardt's factories where the plain ornaments could be further adorned by hand after being machine-lacquered.

As wartime shortages increased however, making both lacquer and silver difficult to come by, Eckardt started having the ornaments decorated in pastels and bright colors. As a result, Shiny Brite ornaments became very popular because of their uniqueness and soon become a staple of every family's Christmas trees. By the end of the war, Shiny Brite was the largest manufacturer of Christmas ornaments in the world and the popularity of the ornaments raged on into the 1950s.

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Lot Vintage Shiny Brite Mercury Ornaments Stenciled Snowmen Glitter
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12 Vintage SHINY BRITE Xmas Ornaments C 4
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Vintage Shiny Brite Lighted Santa Claus Christmas Wreath Original Box 31 Lights
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CHRISTOPER RADKO ORNAMENTS SHINY BRITE VINTAGE JUST LIKE GRANDMAS IN BOX
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VINTAGE GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS SMALL LARGE INDENT SHINY BRITE
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2 Boxes of Glass Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments
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Radko VINTAGE 4025140 TOP Shiny Brite Christmas New
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Vintage Antique 18 Large 3 Gold Green Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Ornaments
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Radko POPSICLE DREAM MIXED BELLS TUL 4025236 Shiny Brite Ornament Retro New
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24 Vintage Glass Shiny Brite TEAL Christmas Ornament Decoration Original Boxes
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Vintage Antique 11 Large 3 Multi Colored Shiny Brite Glass Christmas Ornaments
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Radko Halloween Shiny Brite Pumpkin Patch Canape Plates 4 Pc Set NIB 40 1113 0
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5 VTG LARGE SHINY BRITE LANISSA STENCIL GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS GERMANY
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Vintage SHINY BRITE Flocked Felt Christmas Brown Santa FOX Ornament 7 1 2 MIP
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Note on Buying Vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments
Shiny Brite stopped making and selling the glass balls in 1962 because of production disruption and because of the changing business landscape and moved into the production of plastic ornaments, which never proved to be as popular. But they are madly collected today by all kinds of fans of the original vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

One thing to keep in mind though when shopping on Ebay for these ornaments is that many sellers and buyers seem to think that "Shiny Brite" refers to a type of ornament rather than a specific brand name. So if you are looking specifically for ornaments made by Max Eckardt's company, you might want to do a little digging into the listings just to make sure the description is accurate.

In addition to the vintage Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments available at antique shops, flea markets and online, Christopher Radko started making reproductions of the ornaments around 2001 and you'll find those on Ebay as well. Generally though you don't have to worry about the Radko reproductions being passed off as the vintage ornaments because Radko's ornaments are collectible in their own right. Also, Radko's ornaments are made in Europe and all of the original Shiny Brite's were of American manufacture.

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