Regular visitors to my blog will know that I do like a bit of kitsch, but today it is kitsch with a difference, because these baubles are antiques, at least in the sense they are very old. I don't know why I am apologising, they look lovely on the tree and I like them very much. They are Mark's Grandma's decorations and I think they date from the fifties.
She also had many elaborate paper chains (you can see one in the pic) which hung down from every part of her ceiling.
They have obviously been very well looked after as they are made of an extremely delicate glass and are all carefully packed in tissue paper in a suitcase when not in use.
They have all been imaginatively designed. I like the bauble with a little bauble head and scarf on for keeping warm, and also the strawberry bauble. This is slightly reminiscent of the way in the olden days poor kids got 'an apple, an orange and a shiny new penny' for Christmas, if they were lucky, because in those days fruits were a luxury and something like a strawberry would have been quite special, definitely not something you would get out of season.
In the days before mass production baubles from the far East obviously a little care was taken in making them, and one has been hand painted. The little bird looks a bit 'Art Deco' to me, and has a little tail made out of fine filaments.
Not the most flattering photo of Mark (good job he doesn't read the blog); he's actually quite dishy from the front.
These are the sort of heirlooms that people without much money leave to their children and grandchildren and they will be treasured for many years to come.