While stars and snowflakes at the tops of Christmas trees are the favorites of many families, angels rule the roost. In 18th-century Germany, tree-topping Christmas angels were formed of plaster on a composition armature, with paper robes covered in brass foil. Some late-19th-century Nuremberg angels wore paper-and-foil crowns, while others were backed by pleated paper wings and wrapped in matching paper skirts. In the United States, in the 20th century, a particularly popular angel tree-topper was manufactured by companies such as National Tinsel of Wisconsin and TIMCO. Made of lithographed and foiled paper, with spun cotton for clouds, these angels were backed by halos of hair-thin glass rods, which obviously broke easily, making them scarce today.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Papa Teds Place

Papa Teds Place

The late Theodore H. Althof, Jr's beautiful collection of vintage dimestore cardboard Christmas 'putz' village hous… [read review or visit site]

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

George Nelson's incredibly detailed chronicle of vintage Christmas tree lighting. Browsable by decade and special t… [read review or visit site]

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

This simple site showcases over 500 artistic Gablonz glass bead antique and vintage Christmas tree ornaments, made … [read review or visit site]

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

This site showcases over 1000 old Soviet Christmas and New Years cards from 1950 to 1990. Browse through page after… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Bradford Gold Celestial Moons Motion Christmas Tree Topper Rare24 Vtg Christmas Small Feather Tree Ornaments Mercury Glass + Tree Topper IndentSwarovski Sparkling Crystal Swan Signed Star Christmas Tree TopperFolk Primitive Christmas Grungy Country Star Tree Topper Cupboard Decoration TagVintage 1970's Christmas Tree Topper. Liberty Bell Brand Finial-like GlassVintage Mercury Glass Triple Indent Ribbed Spire Christmas Tree TopperVintage 1950's Noma Christmas Tree Topper Top Ceramic Halo Angel Silver WingsFolk Primitive Christmas Grungy Red White Star Tree Topper Cupboard DecorationVintage 2' Aluminum Pom Pom 17 Branch Table Top Christmas Tree In Box UsaVintage 1950s Crystalite Atomic Lucite Light Up Star Christmas Tree TopperSnoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Scrubs Top Ladies Size Medium Vintage Art Signed Gold Tone Christmas Tree With Candles Star Topper Brooch PinHandmade Quilt Top Unfinished Christmas Tree 70" By 70"Folk Art Primitive Christmas Grungy Star Tree Topper Cupboard Table DecorationVintage Bradford Motion Christmas Tree Topper Replacement Center Bubble Lens Ex+Vintage Christmas Lighted Tree 8 Point Star Tree Topper Plastic "awesome"Vtg Glass Christmas Ornament Tree Topper Spire Feather Tree Small 8"Vintage 13" Christmas Tree Topper Mercury Glass Spire Red Gold Vintage RomaniaSilver Tone Marcasite Green Enamel Christmas Tree Star Topper Brooch PinVintage Triple Indent Mercury? Christmas Tree Topper With Mica Glitter -- 11.5"Antique Star Shaped Tin Mold Pan Great Patina Think Christmas Tree Star Topper!Vtg Light Up Star Christmas Tree Topper In Box Christmas Tree Candle Topper & Base. Fits Large Yankee Jar CandlesOld World Christmas Angel Tree Top 9" Glass Finial, Paradise Galleries Treetop Angel Porcelain Christmas Tree Topper Premiere EditnVintage Mini Decorated Glass Christmas Tree Topper Holiday DecorationsVintage Plastic & Mica Yellow Gold Christmas Tree Topper 11 3/4"Vintage Noma 11 Lite Tinsel Star Christmas Tree Topper - Original Box Mr Christmas Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes Lighted Animated Tree Topper Vintage W/boxVintage Plastic Paramount Christmas Tree Topper Star In BoxAntique Christmas Silver Glass Decoration Tree Topper Jelly The Pug Girls Christmas Tree Holdiay Print Dress & Red Top Size 8 EeucStar Wars Christmas Tree Topper Rare 1950's-60's Doubl Glo Santa Christmas Tree Topper Merry Christmas To AllCroft & Barrow 2x Plus Black Christmas Tree Bling Top Excellent Cond. Vintage Silver Tree Toppers Silvered Glass Christmas Toppers Miniature Hand BlowVictorian Santa ~ Father Christmas Table Top Or Tree Top Decor 20" TallVintage Silver Tinsel Star Christmas Tree Topper - 19 Lites - 9 Point StarVintage Mercury Glass Tree Topper & 8 Christmas Ornaments Vintage Light Up Tree Topper - Colorful Acrylic Ice Christmas Star DecorationVintage Christmas Glass Tree Topper Hand Painted 12" Made In Romania In BoxAnnalee Mobilitee Doll Angel ~ Christmas Tree Topper ~ Original Tag # 7132Christmas Tin (4 3/4 “square) W Tree On Top Christmas Tree Topper, Angel Playing Trumpet On Gold Plastic Star