The “Christmas” Target Ball

Provenance: Ex: Ralph Finch collection, American Glass Gallery

This target ball is unique meaning there are no others. It was dug many years ago on Christmas day in a dump in the northeast part of England. Without a doubt, it has one of the most ornate patterns of all the target balls.

This teal-blue colored glass ball is nicknamed “The Christmas Ball” due to when it was dug and the large, 6-pointed star and ornamental leaf or shell design which makes it look like a Christmas bulb. It was made in England between 1880 and 1900 in a 2-piece mold with a heavy medial rib. The ball has a rough sheared mouth and is 2-½” in diameter. There is a ¾” crack from the sheared lip to the near side mold seam. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition

Read: What are target balls? I’m glad you asked! By Ralph Finch

Support: John Pastor and American Glass Gallery.

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