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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13 GLASS MERCURY VINTAGE SHINY BRITE STENCILED ORNAMENTS
13 GLASS MERCURY VINTAGE SHINY BRITE STENCILED ORNAMENTS $8.00
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SHINY BRITE CHRISTOPHER RADKO HALLOWEEN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WITCH CAT GLITTER
SHINY BRITE CHRISTOPHER RADKO HALLOWEEN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WITCH CAT GLITTER $34.99
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VINTAGE RARE SHINY BRITE ORNAMENTS 3 TEAR WITH MICA THESE ARE HARD TO FIND
VINTAGE RARE SHINY BRITE ORNAMENTS 3 TEAR WITH MICA THESE ARE HARD TO FIND $49.99
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Vintage SHINY BRITE Christmas Tree Glass Ornament Balls Lot
Vintage SHINY BRITE Christmas Tree Glass Ornament Balls Lot $9.99
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Shiny Brite Storage Box and 33 Miniature Ornaments
Shiny Brite Storage Box and 33 Miniature Ornaments $4.99
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1 Set of 4 Lincoln Cent 1970s 1971s 1972s 1973s Proof VERY NICE Brite Shiny
1 Set of 4 Lincoln Cent 1970s 1971s 1972s 1973s Proof VERY NICE Brite Shiny $6.97
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SHINY BRITE 5 BOX GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT USA PLUS RED RAUCH
SHINY BRITE 5 BOX GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT USA PLUS RED RAUCH $8.00
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Radko GEM Wreath PIN CRP21 Jewelry Christmas Shiny Brite New
Radko GEM Wreath PIN CRP21 Jewelry Christmas Shiny Brite New $29.99
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New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Blue Green Red Purple Stripes Finial Tree Top
New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Blue Green Red Purple Stripes Finial Tree Top $27.99
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New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Red Green Silver Finial Tree Topper
New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Red Green  Silver Finial Tree Topper $27.99
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New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Finial Tree Topper Santa Sleigh
New Christopher Radko Shiny Brite Finial Tree Topper Santa Sleigh $27.99
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RADKO SHINY BRITE 12 MINI GLASS HALLOWEEN ORNAMENTS ROUND WITH GLITTERED STRIPES
RADKO SHINY BRITE 12 MINI GLASS HALLOWEEN ORNAMENTS ROUND WITH GLITTERED STRIPES $19.99
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1988 Extremely Rare RADKO complete set of 12 SHINY BRITE
1988 Extremely Rare RADKO complete set of 12 SHINY BRITE $800.00
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LOT 28 VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE BALLS SHINY BRITE USA SOLID RED PINK GREEN
LOT 28 VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE BALLS SHINY BRITE USA SOLID RED PINK GREEN $11.99
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Vintage lot of 12 antique glass ornaments some Shiny Brite very nice selection
Vintage lot of 12 antique glass ornaments some Shiny Brite very nice selection $24.95
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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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