Featured Vintage 40s/50s Christmas Japan holiday houses, mercury glass roof, ORIG PRICE TAGS

Discussion in 'Ephemera and Photographs' started by Lucille.b, Oct 16, 2020 at 4:49 PM.

  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Not too rare, and no real question, but was fun to see the original price tags on these!

    They are sort of "paper-like" in construction so posted here.

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Those are great fun. Dime store items complete with price tag.

    Debora
     
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  3. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Nice! Based on price tags they don't appear to be brand-new. They are in very good condition, though.
     
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  4. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

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  5. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    I see some are saying the beads are "mercury beads". I think the little hole in the back was used to let the Christmas tree lights "illuminate" the "stained glass" windows.
     
  6. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Already sold (just yesterday) and did use the words, "Putz".

    For those curious, the set of five sold for $51. I think that was w/free shipping, too. Seems about market rate. Each roof had one glass ball either missing or broken, and the cellophane windows either missing or split, which of course I disclosed. But every other auction I saw with this type of thing had the same small damage. I think those tiny (super thin) glass balls just pop easily when stored, etc.

    These were not a recent purchase on my end, but something I got at an estate sale 3 years ago. I used them for decor one year, and I've just been thinning some holiday things out.

    They are fun though. Hoping the new buyer is happy with them.
     
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  7. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    They are actually just tiny, thin, fragile, glass beads, not real mercury glass...but the term "mercury glass" is used so often these days that it is practically meaningless.

    Originally it described a process of blowing a double layer of glass, with mercury filling the space between. Mercury itself was used only on mirrors. It was a silver nitrate solution that provided the silver color on ornaments and other decorative glass items.

    Now, apparently, a lot of sellers use the term to mean any glass ornament with a silver colored first coat.
     
  8. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the clarification, Taupou! :)
     
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  9. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    They are so cute. I have maybe 2 here that are similar without the beads on the roof. I keep saying, I need to list em and then I list something else instead.
    Congrats on the sale.
     
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