Collecting Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Christmas Ornaments
Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Christmas Ornaments: A Collection of Christmas Past

Even if you don’t consider yourself a collector, you probably have a collection of Christmas ornaments! Anyone that celebrates the Christmas season generally has several boxes of their favorite ornaments that they’ve had for years.

From a baby’s first ornament to an ornament you received as a gift, most ornaments hold some type of sentimental value. And, if you love Christmas and love decorating for the holiday season, collecting vintage Christmas ornaments would be a great hobby for you!

Vintage Christmas ornaments make such a great collectable because unlike many other items that are for display only, they can actually be used during the holiday season. The history and nostalgia of vintage pieces can add so much to the beauty of the tree and the traditions of the season.

There are many different types of ornament collectors, some will choose ornaments based on shape, some on manufacturer and some by time periods. There are also an endless number of figural ornaments such as reindeer and Santa’s that are very popular among collectors.

Many collectors just love decorating their home with ornaments that have a long history. And, they will just collect any ornament they like instead of sticking with certain types, if it’s a beautiful, vintage ornament it can find a home in someone’s collection!

Some collectors have amassed such huge collections that each Christmas they will decorate their homes with several trees just to get to display their collection! And, almost all collectors are constantly searching for more pieces throughout the entire year, not just during the Christmas season.

The two main collectable time periods are the Victorian era and the middle century more modern ornaments. The Shiny Brite Co. made ornaments from the 40’s until the 60’s that are highly sought after today. But, Vintage ornaments date all the way back to the early or mid 1800’s, so there’s unlimited options when choosing your ornaments.

Box of Vintage Christmas Ornaments
Box of Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Some of the most cherished vintage Christmas ornaments are made from cotton, cardboard and glass. Ornaments made from these three materials are some of the highest priced ornaments available. Some of the glass ornaments will cost between $100 and $1,000, depending on how rare the piece is and how bad someone wants to add it to their collection.

Cotton ornaments are usually always figural, they will have a primitive look and can range from $400 up to $600. The cardboard ornaments are Dresden Ornaments, made in Germany they’re made from embossed cardboard that was painted in a way to resemble delicate glass. Dresden ornaments were usually give out as party favors and can range from $800 up to $2,000! Some Dresden ornaments have even brought as much as $15,000!

Written by Connie Corder, Copyright 2008

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