Like many things passed down in families, these are not in perfect shape. They were not packed away in mint condition, but rather the wear indicates they were used on a tree year after year. I like the way it adds a narrative at tree trimming time to say that Great Grandma used to hang these on her Christmas tree.
I have just a couple of precious vintage ornaments similar to this from my side of the family. The two are stamped “Poland.” I remember hanging them year after year, until the year my mother decided that we would decorate the tree only in white and blue, my father’s favorite color.
I hope that someday my daughters will appreciate that I stitched each of them a Christmas stocking out of velvet and silk fabrics. For the first one, I purchased most of the fabric and trim. By the time the second one came along, I got more creative. I reused the velvet from a maternity dress, along with silk remnants from Christmas dresses I had sewn the girls. The angel’s hair is made from a vintage piece of lace from my mother’s sewing notions.