Friday, October 31, 2014

Pink in My Vintage Polish Glass Christmas Ornaments

Is the day of Trick or Treat, the spookiest night of the year, all Hallow's Eve.... too soon to talk about Christmas?



I didn't think so either!



The box filled with vintage cheer is over flowing and I've started listing all kinds of holiday goodies already! I just couldn't wait!


You wouldn't be able to wait either if you had these in your possession.


While this is not their original box... I carefully hand selected them to create a box filled with charm and delight, lots of bright colors, pastels too. Of course there had to be pink in there!

Each one is marked "POLAND."

Here is a little bit of history behind the country's ornaments:
(You can find this and the earlier back story info from the website PolAmJournal.com)

The devastation of World War II left Poland with modest decorations, as the market lacked ready made items and necessary materials to create homemade adornments. With the reconstruction of industry development factory made blown-glass ornaments appeared on the market and became a major export of Poland.
 
Polish glass ornaments have a very old tradition and a reputation for quality, design, artistic imagination, and craftsmanship. Mouth-blown and hand-decorated, they are very delicate art treasures. Known as bombki, the ornaments are also a collector’s item.
 
Almost all companies that produced Christmas decorations during the Communist era were small private ventures which struggled during the difficult times of government restrictions. The regime also attempted to diminish the importance of Christmas as it was a religious feast.


 
Hope you enjoyed my blog post today...
and have a deeper appreciation for the
stories behind the things we hang on the
tree each year. This is just one of them!
 
Have a great weekend...
 
Linking with Pink Saturday
and
 
 
 
 

8 comments:

bj said...

Very pretty and perfect for PINK SATURDAY....

Susan Clayton said...

Love that you included some history behind the ornaments. It does make us appreciate things a bit more doesn't it? Happy Pink Saturday!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE this post and I really want to Thank you for posting the history. I have many of these same ornament and I never realized that they are Polish. Both my husband and i are of Polish descent with grandparents being immigrants from Poland. I was so thrilled finding out the origin of these ornaments that i actually bought at a yard sale!!!

Thanks again for posting this......

Hugs,
Deb

Victorian1885 said...

What lovely vintage glass christmas balls Jillian.
You always have the greatest vintage treasures... Enjoy your weekend!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I always appreciate knowing more about antiques that I adore, and vintage ornaments is one of them.

The Old Parsonage said...

Love this history - who knew? Not me, but I think that I may have a few of these myself.

I'm off to play catch-up!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love vintage ornaments and sometimes get tempted to leave them out all year long. Thanks for sharing some history with us and thanks for sharing at VIParty.

Beverly said...

These are beautiful, Jillian. It is never too early for Christmas.

Happy Pink Saturday.♥