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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Antique German Berry Ornament Blown Mercury Glass

This Victorian hand made mouth blown Christmas ornament is the most delicate thing! The berry mercury glass ornament was made in Lauscha Germany around 1980-1890 and is as light as a soap bubble. 

The ornament probably was used on a feather tree and has obviously cherished by the generations as few of these still surviv. I absolutely love it and the skill and care that went into making it. Just incredible! The molten glass was delicately blown into a mold, the ornament was silvered inside with mercury and then the gold wash was added to the exterior. They were truly family made with the husband doing the blowing, the wife doing the silvering and exterior painting and the children adding the caps. The longevity of the German Christmas markets proves how profitable the delicate ornaments were to the families and how they have always been recognized as true artists.
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Blown Glass Victorian mercury Christmas ornament

We went to a concert last night by the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers and it was super! The group of men from their 30s to their 80s do a great job. They have excellent technique (I'm a former choir director) and love their skill, obvious enjoyment and dedication. They just don't sing they minister! A wonderful evening. You can learn more at their website : Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers

A bit cloudy today on the Olympic Peninsula but lots of Christmas Holiday bazaars to visit which I dearly love. Christmas is my favorite time of the year so I'm looking forward to it! Get out and about and see what the talented folks in your area have to offer. Lots more than you'd realize, I bet! Have a great day!

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