Early 1900s Humpty Dumpty Glass German Ornament. Nursery Rhyme Character For Sale
Early 1900s Humpty Dumpty sitting on a Wall.
Glass German Glass Christmas Tree Ornament.
Pre-World War I German German Glass Christmas Tree Ornament.
This is when the "White Tree" was in vogue, where ornaments had a white, soft pastel appearance.
This was in contrasty with the "Victorian Tree" where more color and excess were the norm.
This was more of a "Back to Nature" movement with white, clear, and snow like ornaments.
Silvering is soft which has resulted in a rich and soft patina.
Great eyes, nose, and that open mouth.. almost as if he is fearing that tumble, or perhaps starting to fall.
Collar around his neck, with a ribbon bow-tie.
Green lacquered arm and leg on one side.
Red lacquered arm and leg on the other.
A nice touch of whimsy and fantasy.
He is sitting on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English language nursery rhyme, probably originally a riddle and one of the best known in the English-speaking world. Though not explicitly described, he is typically portrayed as an anthropomorphic egg. The first recorded versions of the rhyme date from early nineteenth century England and the tune from 1870 in James William Elliott's National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs. Its origins are obscure and several theories have been advanced to suggest original meanings.
The character of Humpty Dumpty was popularised in the United States by actor George L. Fox (1825–77). As a character and literary allusion he has appeared in, or been referred to in a large number of works of literature and popular culture, particularly in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass (1872).
3.50" and in very good condition.
Glass ornament blown in Germany and hand painted there in the period before World War I.
I want to add this. Many forget that a positive form had to be carved out of pear wood, and what artistry that took. If a family was more wealthy, they purchased the molds. If they were a poorer family, they rented them from one of six companies who produced the molds for use in this cottage industry.
This was a cottage industry, a means for the Germans to make money during the winter when they could not work in the fields. The sons and fathers blew the ornaments. The girls and mom would silver the ornaments inside, and then individually paint the ornaments, and grandma would take to the train station in the spring when the others were back in the fields. Then they went to the sea coast, put on ships, and arrived in New York to be delivered across the country, and we used them to decorate our trees. The origin is Lauscha, Germany.
We are an older couple which are down-sizing, and put up one tree in our den and one in our dining room. These ornaments did not fit on the trees this year, and it seems senseless to keep them in boxes in the back closet. So hopefully new caretakers can be found for these German ornaments being listed tonight.
There is nothing wrong These being listed today arein very good shape.They arevintage, notreproductions. I guarantee that. I start all my sales at .99 cents as it is an sale and I just never cared when I went to live sale and thesaleeer started very high, and then spent time backing down to get a offer.
I am more than happy to combine postage to save money.
THIS ORNAMENT WILL BE INSURED. THUS THE POSTAGE INCLUDES FULL INSURANCE ON ORNAMENT.
Just let me know you are multiple offerdingand I will invoice you when you are finished offerding and wish for me to send the items. Then, I will combine postage and send to you, and send final invoice. If any questions about this, please email me.
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