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Light-Up Santa

- Santa Claus · Kentucky · Indiana · Cadiz, KY · Cadiz, Indiana

SUB­MIT­TED BY: T.M., Cadiz, KY

PROVE­NANCE: Pur­chased at an auc­tion in In­di­ana

WHAT IT IS: Ap­praiser and In­di­ana na­tive Helaine Fendelman says you’re lucky she wasn’t at this auc­tion be­cause she would have tried to out­bid you on this won­der­ful 1930s or early 1940s glass Santa! She shares that while there is no way to ver­ify, your eight-inch-tall light-up Santa may have been made by an elec­tric light com­pany such as Noma Elec­tric Cor­po­ra­tion, which, prior to 1965, was the largest pro­ducer of col­ored glass Christ­mas fig­ures and lights. “Of­ten these glass dec­o­ra­tions are in poor con­di­tion be­cause they are so frag­ile, but your Santa’s painted sur­face is in ex­cel­lent shape,” says Helaine. She does rec­om­mend hav­ing the old cloth cord re­placed, though, as a fire-safety pre­cau­tion.

WHAT IT’S WORTH: $200

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