Vintage fifigural, glass Christmas tree lights are a serious collectible
Question: We have been unpacking our family collection of Christmas ornaments and lights. Among the items are these, what I think, are vintage glass Christmas lights. Although they are colorful and appear to be Chinese lanterns they have no marks. Should I put them in next years’ garage sale? What are they wo wortrth,h, if an anytythihingng?
Answer: Your vintage fifigural, glass Christmas tree lights are a serious collectible. They’re also an example of the new ways to use electricity to light the Christmas tree: part of the development of tree lighting history. Today’s’ collectors hang them as ornaments.
The fifirst fifigural glass Christmas tree lights were made in Austria in 1909 and hand-painted and handmade. At the same time General Electric offffffffffffered similar bulbs. However, by 1919 they were machine made. World War 1 marked the entry of Japan into the Christmas light bulb market. Those, such as yours were made in the 1920s before World War 11.
Most sought after are cartoon characters such as Disney fifigurals. Your Japanese bulbs could sell to collectors for $30 or more.
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