Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twinkler Ornament...

I had a person comment about my Grandparent's ornament that I discussed yesterday - stating that she had a similar ornament on her childhood tree and that it couldn't be over 60 years old as she was definitely not 60. So I did some research today - thinking that I had inadvertently mislead my readers.

Here is a picture of similar ornaments that my Grandparents had on their tree for years. We have family pictures and home movies of my mother (born in 1949) by the tree as an infant with these ornaments hanging on it. I found this excerpt written in an antique guide:
"These Christmas ornaments were manufactured in the late 1940's - 1950's by the Tinkle Toy Company (a division of Plakie Toys) in Youngstown, Ohio. The ornaments are referred to by many names: birdcage, carousel, spinner, twinkler, twirler....the list goes on. What is amazing about these ornaments are that they are made of plastic with the exception of the metal spinner (pinwheel, twirler, etc.) that is inside the ornament. Back in the day these ornaments were placed above the multi-colored lights (bulbs) on the Christmas tree. The heat from the bulbs would make the spinner in the ornament spin. Unfortunately, the heat from the bulbs often melted parts of the ornament. Today, we have bulbs that look like the old, hot bulbs, but they burn much cooler. These are referred to as C7 bulbs. These bulbs do not give off enough heat to melt these old ornaments, but they do have enough heat to make them spin."

Being my mother is presently 62 years old - family pictures and this product statement found in the antique guide - my statement of my Grandparent's ornament being over 60 years old was valid.

25 comments:

  1. My Mom also had a box of 6 of these ornaments that she put on her tree yearly. When she passed we were each given 1 of the ornaments for our trees. I have a pink one and it is one of my most treasured ornaments....I always think of my Mom and Christmases past!

    Thanks for looking up this information!


    Joanie R.

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  2. What a neat ornament, I wish I had my mothers ornaments. Growing up we had some really unique things on our tree. Most were her mothers and most were very old. Her most prized ornament though were two very old hand blown glass birds that has clips on their feet to attach to the tree brach.

    Unfortunatly when she passed away and I went to look for them one was broken. I gave the good one to my brother to enjoy on his tree.

    Have a wonderful day Vonna and enjoy your beautiful tree filled with special memories :0)

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  3. Those are really neat...and being 60 years old, I can say that I have never seen anything like them! They are special, and they look really great on your tree, Vonna! Thanks for sharing the information.

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  4. I wish I had some of the old ornaments we had on our trees when I was a kid, they were beat up because we didn't have a lot of money, but I would sure like them now. Don't know what my mom did with them. I did get my hands on two ornies though, that I remember putting on the tree every year, there used to be 3 but I think my brother got one, the funniest looking little elves, I keep them on display in a cabinet with my china, they are so cute.

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  5. When my husband and I had our first Christmas tree my Gramma gave me 4 boxes of mercury glass ornaments that she and my Grandpa put on their tree from the time my mom was little. They're worn in places and not "perfect" but are a treasure to me. One box even has the $.59 tag from a long gone department store still on it.

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  6. Those are great ! I wish my Mom would have saved ornaments from my Grandmas and even when we were little, but she got rid of everything without asking us if we wanted them! Some of my favorite ornaments are the ones my husband and I bought and made for our first Christmas 30 years ago...not expensivebut meaningful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. That's so neat! Good research! I love seeing those ornaments. It must be fun to have such a wonderful antique!

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  8. Those are really a cute idea. I remember so many things from the 50's that are gone now. Those are new to me though. Enjoy your little treasures!

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  9. Vonna
    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your wonderful treasure and learning more about its history!
    I was lucky enough to become guardian of both my mother and aunt's ornaments from the 40's and 50's. I even have many strands of glass bead garlands that were strung by my mother-in-law. These treasures fill one of our trees each Christmas. I count these among the simple pleasures in my life.
    Wishing you and yours blessings and love this Christmas season...
    Busy Hands...Happy Hearts
    Patricia

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  10. Vonna: Your tree is beautiful, my first ornament to go on the tree this year was the one you exchanged with me, I noticed the one I made for you hanging on your tree.
    I love the header of your children, very creative.
    Many Blessings to you and your family in this most Holiest of seasons.
    Merry Christmas
    Catherine

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  11. Vonna: I forgot to write the ornamentys that are so old are older then me I am 60 in one month and we have pictures of the ornaments on Grandmas tree, she had 12 different ornaments.
    Merry Christmas
    Catherine

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  12. Love the ornament history and the ornaments. I am lucky to have some of a beloved aunt...my Aunti Angie and they hang proudly on my tree. I will post a picture of them.

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  13. OMG, I have some of those birdcage ornaments from my grandmother!!! I put mine away because I was afraid that they'd get broken, but I loved them on her tree and how the inside would twirl around from the heat of the bulb. This really brings back great memories and perhaps I should bring them out, but hang them up high!

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  14. Beautiful ornaments...thanks for the info.

    I still can't get over the fact that your mother is the same age as my husband!
    Well.....then again, MY mother is very close to my husband's age.

    Ohhhh boy...........

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  15. Those are lovely ornaments. Am sure they must be the most valuable ornaments for you :) And reading your research was truly a pleasure.

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  16. I must say, I like those ornaments! I have only recently visited some antigue shops because of different blogs I have read with such great finds. I will keep my eye out maybe I can find some along the way. I would also like to comment on your tree, it is BEAUTIFUL. This is only my third year with an actual Christmas tree of my own. Hopefully I will be able to get some ornaments stitched this year so I won't just have a plain ol tree. Merry Christmas!
    ~*Candi*~

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  17. Also, my mom used to make fabric Christmas balls with styro foam balls from micheals and 2in x 2in pieces of fabric that are different colors. She would take the silver flat head pins and just use those and fold them a certain way. I would make them too when I was younger they are very neat and country-ish. Maybe she would let me take a picture of one to post on my blog. Sorry so many posts.
    ~*Candi*~

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  18. Vonna as a child my brother and I had those EXACT two ornaments (far left and right) on our tree! What a wonderful memory you've recalled to my mind!

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  19. Vonna - I have a spinner too! My grandfather bought 2 sets of 3 spinners each -- the price was 10 cents for each set! After my grandparents passed away my mother divided the ornaments between my brother, sister and 2 cousins. She kept one also. I wonder who will get that one someday? I love to watch my spinner each year. It always has a place of honor on my tree. Thanks for digging up the history on them.

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  20. My MIL has these ornaments on her tree and I never realized they were this old. Thank you for making me realize their age...I have always loved them!

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  21. VOnna

    I never meant to upset you or anything. But from your research it appears that your grandparents ornaments are that old and mine must be from some of the last made. I know my mom bought the ones that I have (that have survived many years of being hauled around the country as we moved) - her father never put up a tree that I am aware of and her grandparetns didn't (very religious). And there is a good chance my mom bought them in Ohio where she was from.

    Thanks for the neat info on the ornaments. What a treasure!

    Merry CHristmas to you and your family!

    Jackie

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  22. I loved seeing your ornaments, both in this post and the previous post! I wish I had some of the ornaments from my grandmother's tree. I must ask my mother about them. The only thing that I have of hers--the only thing that I requested when she died--is her Infant of Prague statue. It stood on the table in her dining room and is one of the things I remember most about her house. It's one of the 'grab before you leave the house if there is a fire' items. I have the manger that my grandfather had, and I treasure that as well. Just pulling it out of the box every Christmas evokes strong, wonderful memories of him.

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  23. What wonderful ornaments. Your tree looks beautiful.

    Have a very Happy Christmas!

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  24. Thank you for describing these and giving the company name. We have 3--2 stars from my husband's family tree and one carousel from mine. They are the first ornaments up on the tree so they get the best spot over one of the c7 lights. Both our families referred to them as "whirly-gigs" so finding them on the internet has been almost impossible. I always look for them in antique stores or flea markets as we both would like a couple more for tree.
    Di

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  25. Thank you for describing these and the company that made them. We have 3--2stars and a carousel from both my husband and my parent's ornaments. They are the first ones to go up as they get front spots over the c7s so they spin. Both our families referred to them as 'whirly-gigs' so no wonder I haven't had much success finding them on the internet. I always look for them at antique stores and flea markets etc as we would like to get a few more. Thanks again.
    Di

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