The Massachusetts State House, Boston Landmark ornament. Dimensions: 4.25" wide x 3" deep x 5" tall.
The Massachusetts State House has recently celebrated its 212th birthday. Designed by Charles Bulfinch, it was completed on January 11, 1798, on land that had previously been used as John Hancock's cow pasture. The building's most striking feature, the golden dome, was not quite as eye-catching in those days, since it was simply covered with wood shingles. Nevertheless, at that time in our young nation's history, the State House was considered one of the most impressive edifices in the country. A few years later, in 1802, Paul Revere and Sons were commissioned to cover the dome with copper in order to minimize leaking. All in all, the dome waited nearly 100 years before finally receiving its brilliant gilding in 1874 with genuine 23-karat gold leaf. Today, situated on a rise overlooking the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, the State House is the oldest building in the Beacon Hill section of Boston.
Each Landmark Creations ornament is blown by mouth and often takes a week to complete. After blowing, the glass is silvered, rinsed and then turned upside down to dry. The silver is applied on the inside, which allows a gorgeous depth of color. Once the ornament is dry, the decorating can begin. Different artists are responsible for applying different colors and details. When the ornament is fully detailed and has been allowed to dry, the neck is trimmed and crowned with an ornament cap.