Spun Glass Angel Tree Topper

spun glass angel tree topper This spun glass angel tree topper by the National Tinsel Company is so lovely that I had to share. She is from the 1930s and was in her original box.

The angel’s skirt is made from spun glass and reminds me of the marcelled hair look that was so popular back then.

National also made a Santa and halo-wearing spun glass angel tree topper that used the same style of spun glass. The latter two had shiny, colored, aluminum reflector backgrounds in the shape of a petal.

There are other tree toppers out there. Noma made one that used the straight spun glass in a halo effect. Decor Noel and Noma also had angels with a fluffy cloud look to them that are often described as spun glass. I haven’t seen either in person so don’t know if the description is accurate.

I personally favor the National tree toppers. National made their angels for many years but I am most fond of the 1930s pieces. They have five stars instead of three on the front (those are the newer versions). The one pictured  had another star on the back. The older ones also had boxes which are a display item in themselves. Just look at those graphics!

spun glass angel tree topper

A National spun glass angel tree topper truly is a thing to behold and a perfect Christmas addition whether you do the whole vintage Christmas thing like me or just add a piece here and there.

    16 Responses

  1. judy says:

    Have you sold the spun glass angel? I grew up with that angel and am trying to find two of them.
    Thank you.

  2. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Judy! No I’m sorry this particular angel is gone as of Dec 18 2012 but I always do find new things so just because I don’t have one now doesn’t mean I won’t have one in week.

  3. Alice says:

    I also grew up with “Angie”. Several years (maybe 40) ago my brother found them and bought each of us one. Now I would like to get an “Angie” for my children. I will keep checking your web site. How much did you sell National Spun Glass Tree Top Vintage Box Made in USA ?

  4. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Alice, welcome! The price for acceptable to nice examples vary quite a bit from $60 to $250. Like all collectibles the prices depend on condition.

  5. Christine says:

    Hi- I am looking for a National Tinsel Co spun glass angel. I know that the one above is gone (a few years ago) but I wasn’t sure if you could recommend somewhere to look for one. This is the tree topper that my grandparents used when my dad was growing up and I would like to find one for him.


  6. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Christine! Ebay is going to be your best bet at this time of year.

  7. Becky says:

    After 20 years of placing this exact angel on my tree, I finally Googled it and was shocked to find a picture of her on the first try. She may not be in mint condition, but she is still in very good shape. Not bad for 8 moves and countless Christmases!

  8. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Becky! So glad you have had her for so long. Spun glass angel tree toppers hold up well if cared for properly. My family has the same sort of enduring relationship with our decorations. I just add a few more vintage friends to the collection each year. 🙂

  9. Deborah says:

    I have had this beauty on my tree for years. She was my grandmas and I inherited her. I just didn’t know how old she was. I don’t have the original box, but she is cared for and dearly loved.

  10. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Deborah! It’s terrific that you still have and cherish her. I’m glad I could share what her original box looked like. Merry Christmas!

  11. Jeanie says:

    I’m looking for two of these if you ever run across them. Any other ideas on where to find them?

  12. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Jeanie,

    I’ll definitely let you know if I find another one. I never can predict what I am going to unearth – part of the fun. I’d keep a watch on your local craiglist or flea markets. There’s also Ebay and Etsy but make sure the seller has clear, detailed, and multiple pictures so you can see what you are getting.

  13. Brenda Parsons says:

    HI ,, I saw the angle tree topper, I have one! a few of the spun glass hairs are missing 🙁 you wouldn’t know where I could get some, so I can refurbish mine? Christmas is not the same without her on the tree.. My Dad had purchased her before I was born, and he passed 30 yrs ago.
    Thank you for any direction ,, and Merry Christmas!

  14. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Welcome Brenda! You know, whenever I’ve seen of those angel tree toppers with most of the spun glass missing I’ve wondered about that. I just passed on them because I like to sell items in good, original condition as much as possible – excluding safely cleaning vintage goodies. 🙂 The only thing I can think of is to visit one of the old school hardware stores still around and ask them for ideas. Maybe wandering the aisles of a craft store is another option. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  15. Merri Pintor says:

    Have you any idea how much a brown haired angel exactly like this one sells for? I’ve seen a few of them online.

  16. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Merri,

    I would recommend looking online at the SOLD prices for similar condition, brown-haired angels. Prices for any collectible vary based on condition, time of year, who’s looking at the time, etc.

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