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Mouth-blown Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments
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© Christine Till
During the Dark Ages, German natives in remote northern Bohemia originated an art form in glassblowing which not only holds a unique place in the 4000 year history of this ancient art, but has become a cherished part of Christian tradition.
The Germans had learned this skill (a heritage of Egypt) from wandering Venetian tradesman. They used it to create glass ornaments for adornment of the Tannenbaum (fir tree) in their Yule celebration of the birth of Christ. Down through the centuries the German glass blowers became famous throughout the world for their mouth-blown glass Christmas tree ornaments.
Soon these unique glass Christmas ornaments were being exported to other parts of Europe. After an illustration of Queen Victoria's Christmas tree was printed in a London paper in 1846, the glass Christmas ornaments became popular in Britain. The royal tree was decorated with glass ornaments from Prince Albert's native land of Germany.
In the 1880s the American dime-store magnate F. W. Woolworth discovered Lauscha's Glaskugeln during a visit to Germany. He made a fortune by importing the German glass ornaments to the U.S.
July 18th, 2012
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