Holiday Snow Globes
The Timeless Tradition of Holiday Snow Globes
The first snow globe was invented quite by accident. An Austrian scientist named Erwin Perzy was attempting to develop a powerful surgical lamp. Particles floating in a well-lit flask of water sparked his imagination. The snow-globe shop he opened with his brother in Vienna is still a bustling business today.
Snow globes fascinate people of all ages. They’ve been featured in numerous films. The title character of “Citizen Kane” was clutching a snow globe in the opening scene when he mysteriously whispered, “Rosebud.”
You may not need such a plot device, but we have a wide assortment of snow globes for giving as gifts or blending into your holiday décor. Remember to add an engravable silver tag to make your gift more personal and memorable.
Nativity by Reed & Barton – Express your faith with this lovely piece featuring Mary, Joseph and tiny Jesus in the manger. The silver plate base depicts the shepherds and wise men looking on from afar. The musical snow globe plays “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” It is 6 ½ inches tall.
Snow Days Ice Skating by Reed & Barton – Children in bright clothing take a spin on a frozen pond to the melody of “Joy to the World.” The relief around the silver plate base features snowflakes, woolly winter wear and ice skates. This item is 6 inches tall.
Santa by Belleek – Santa Claus loads his sack with toys, teddy bears and candy canes. The sleigh and reindeer decorate the white porcelain base. The tiny snow globe is hand-painted and stands 3 ½ inches tall. This manufacturer has been in business in Ireland since 1884. Its parian porcelain products are known for their delicacy and iridescence.
Snowman by Belleek – This cheery wintertime friend sports a blue top hat, green muffler, red vest and gold buttons. The white porcelain base is embossed with large snowflakes. This snow globe is also 3 ½ inches tall.
Rudolph by Nambe – Nambe’s unique snow globe features the red-nosed reindeer in silver plate. Aside from his nose and antlers, details are left to the imagination in this somewhat modern depiction. The base is made of wood. The item features a built-in snowblower and an LED light, and it plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” It is 5 ½ inches tall.
Christmas Nutcracker by Reed & Barton – The smiling toy soldier, dressed in red, holds a large candy cane. The silver plate base is adorned with graceful ballerinas in long tutus. The snow globe is 5 ½ inches tall and plays “The Nutcracker Suite” from Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet.
Winter Dreams by Reed & Barton – In this highly fanciful snow globe, a crescent moon is magically transformed into Santa Claus. Large blue snowflakes drift through the sky. The silver plate base is embossed with snowflakes and studded with tiny stars. The item is 6 ¾ inches tall and plays “Greensleeves.”
Classic Christmas by Reed & Barton – Santa, wearing reading glasses, appears to be making his list and checking it twice. He stands in a snowy clearing with towering evergreens in the background. The detailed silver plate base is embossed with a winter landscape. It depicts a snowman, tall trees and a cozy cottage. Smoke drifts from the chimney, and stars twinkle in the sky. The snow globe plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” It is 6 ½ inches tall.
These distinctive snow globes are destined to become family heirlooms. Don’t wait too long to start your own collection or choose a thoughtful gift for a loved one. They sell out quickly.