Friday, December 4, 2009

Vintage Glass Teapot Ornaments

Many years ago, I was writing a feature story for the newspaper at Christmas and came across a woman who collected Victorian-era Christmas ornaments. Made of delicate vintage glass and paper scraps and silken "angel's hair" filaments and the daintiest of tinsel, her pieces remain the prettiest Christmas ornaments I've ever seen. Years later, I would be surfing eBay during the holidays and come across vintage glass teapot ornaments that reminded me of those lovely old pieces.

Immediately I wanted some, but alas, these beauties tend to go for more than I am willing to pay. It's not at all unusual to see a single ornament go for $10-$15 plus shipping, and it made me nervous to think of spending that much on a single fragile piece that could easily get crushed during shipping. So, I dreamed of vintage glass teapot ornaments but didn't own any.

This year, however, the other teapot ornament collectors must have been asleep when this auction ended, because I got all three of these for $10! Oh happy day! Barring anything unforeseen, these vintage glass ornaments will be the year's final (and favorite) additions to the pink tea-themed tree I'll be decorating in a few days. Do any of you collect vintage glass teapot ornaments? If so, where should I be looking?

12 comments:

  1. Just beautiful & what a buy & Christmas gift to your self. (Hope you're having nice weather) LOL!!!!

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  2. Can't wait to see your pink tea themed tree decked out with these lovely glass ornaments.

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  3. Now I didn't know they even existed. Hummm? Do I become one of your competitors at the auction? No, lovely to see, but I do like vintage glass birds. That was a very lucky find for you, how exciting.

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  4. What a great deal! Sometimes ebay still holds affordable treasures, I love it when that happens. I can't wait to see your tea-tree!

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  5. These are lovely! And, a great buy. I am not a collector of vintage glass teapot ornaments. My tea-themed tree tends to be a mixture of traditional to whimsical tea decorations.

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  6. I've had my best luck at those large antique shops that are really many dealers under 1 roof. I have 5 teapots, but I think mine are newer, but just as delicate. Since our kittens are still at the crazy stage, we aren't doing a tree this year. One year we had a kitten and the tree had a few candy canes and lights around the top half only. The kids were aghast.

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  7. Oh so pretty! I never seen anything like those before.
    ~Donna~

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  8. I don't collect teapot Christmas ornaments but I just love the tall one. It's so alladin's-lamp as a teapot, I think it'll produce an angel when handled.

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  9. Beautiful! I don't collect vintage ornaments (just never ran across any I could afford) but I do have a few modern tea pot ornaments.

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  10. I've never seen such lovely tea ornaments before. I will definitely be on the lookout for them now though.
    Just lovely!

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  11. I am having a give-away at my blog and it's a vintage delicate tea pot ornament. Come on over for a visit.

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  12. Please post a pix of your pink tree! I would love to see it all decorated! Those ornaments are wonderful!

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