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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12 Old SHINY BRITE Glass Christmas Ornaments Orig Box Blue Silver Shaded
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Radko POPSICLE DREAM PINECONES 4025237 Shiny Brite Ornament Retro New
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Box 9 Shiny Brite Stencil Stripe Indent Mica Vintage Christmas Ornaments USA
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Vintage Lot 8 Shiny Brite W Germany Glass Teardrop shape Christmas Ornaments
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Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Ornaments 3 medium 275 Rounds
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10 Vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments in Original Box
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Vintage Silver With Blue Flowers Shiny Brite Ornament
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Vintage Shiny Brite American Made Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
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Vintage miniature christmas ornaments in boxes + 5 Franke Shiny Brite American
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LOT VINTAGE RETRO SHINY BRITE CHRISTMAS MERCURY GLASS ORNAMENTS blue green red
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Vintage Tree Ornament Hangers Hooks Shiny Brite Brite Star Wynne Happy Holiday
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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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