The Story of the Cottage Ornament
'The quaint villages nestled in the mountains and forests of Germany represent the heritage and culture of the glassblowers. The unique architecture of each village was a source of pride and was often depicted in the ornaments which were produced. In Germany, one could travel from one small village to the next and find completely different dialects and traditions. One town was famous for its surroundings and history and the next for its cobblestone streets and slate-covered homes. Even when meeting an acquaintance, the greeting was entirely different in one small hamlet compared to the next just a few miles away. The churches and the houses represented by glass ornaments in our collection are produced by original antique molds and often depict buildings which are hundreds of years old.