This antique Christmas tree ornament was found on my grandmother's Christmas tree. It is glass and was a tarnished gold color. Many years ago, I bought gold "hobby" paint and spent some time carefully painting it. Then, I rolled in in a little glitter.
I am fairly sure that it belonged to my great grandparents or my 2nd great grandparents.
I do know (thorough years of research) that items that were in my 2nd great grandparents (Dudley Stewart) home eventually went to my great grandfather, Charles Edward Stewart. His mother was Eliza Fish Denison and she went to live with him until her death.
I remember asking my grandmother why she went to live with her son instead of her daughter. I do know that the house was not a problem because her daughter lived in a big house in Groton, CT. My grandmother answer was vague. People are not good at saying, "I don't know."
Things just keep getting passed down in my family. Many people think that is a great thing but I think of it as a responsibility. Am I to be forever responsible for the items of past generations?
I have now packed this item away forever. It is very fragile and not very pretty. I have bought new unbreakable ornaments.
Some things don't last forever.