INGE-GLAS of GERMANY
Inge-Glas of Germany®, the flagship of the Mueller-Blech family of glassblowers, takes justifiable pride in the 14 generations of craftsmen and artisans who have produced mouth-blown glass items since 1596. Inge-Glas of Germany® has been at the forefront of the fine glass Christmas ornament industry since German ornaments became popular in the mid-eighteenth century. The history of Inge-Glas® is an amazing story of steadfast pursuit of a vision despite the intrusion of historical events and obstacles.
Christoph Mueller founded his own glassworks in 1596 and subsequent generations maintained the reputation for high quality glassworks. The present-day vision, inspired by the company’s patriarch, Heinz Mueller-Blech, has been to produce the finest examples of the glassblower’s art, and to this day they are preeminent in the design and production of mouth-blown, handpainted glass Christmas ornaments. The company is named for Heinz’ late wife, Inge Mueller-Blech. Today, Inge-Glas of Germany® is still a family business lovingly managed by Klaus and Birgit Mueller-Blech.
The distinctive 5-Point Star Crown™ was trademarked in 1987 by Inge-Glas of Germany®, and is your assurance that each glass ornament is characterized by the exquisite, delicate nature of a fine artisan-created heirloom. In this respect, no two pieces are exactly the same, although they may share the same design and color scheme. The Star Crown™ is immediately recognized around the world as the symbol of German tradition and quality, and is highly sought-after by collectors.
An Inge-Glas® ornament starts with the two-piece porcelain mould, again a family-protected recipe which allows the higher quality and greater precision evident in an Inge® ornament. Not does Inge-Glas of Germany® produce their own moulds, but they also have assembled the largest collection of historical glassblower moulds in the world. The over-6000 moulds represent more than two centuries of creativity and beauty – periodically many of these historical moulds “come out of retirement” as an encore, to create classical ornaments with a present-day flair.
The creation of an Inge-Glas® ornament involves many talented artisans over the course of many days. Each ornament is given “a chance to rest” for one day after it has been mouth-blown, then is allowed a day and a night to dry after having been silvered, at which point it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 days for hand-painting. Add in the time for finishing, brush and holographic glitter, detailed inspection, and final coronation with the Star Crown™, and you truly have a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted heirloom that can be passed on to future generations.
Inge-Glas of Germany® is headquartered in a modern 130,000 sq ft facility in Neustadt nearby Coburg, Germany, yet the 100+ glassblowers, artisans, craftsman continue the cottage-industry sense of pride in quality and workmanship. Inge-Glas® uses only pure, high-grade German glass, and all paints, lacquers, and glitters are lead-free.
We are Phil and Pam Soth and we live in Warren, Oregon, 20 miles or so northeast of Portland, Oregon. We started Heirlooms To Cherish in 2001, and have been an authorized Inge-Glas of Germany® Dealer since 2001. We deal exclusively in Inge-Glas® products, as we feel no one else comes even close to the quality and craftsmanship exhibited by Inge®. In the course of that time, we have become very familiar with the desirability of mouth-blown, handpainted German glass Christmas ornaments.
On these pages you will find over 3,000 different combinations of moulds and painting schemes, spanning the years from 2001 (when Inge-Glas® developed the North American distribution network) to the present 2014 offering. Additionally, we have an inventory of over 600 different designs that Inge-Glas of Germany® created for Old World Christmas from 1986 through 2000. Most of these ornaments cannot be found anywhere else.
If you can’t find the ornament you are looking for, or you need some additional help or clarification, please contact us. If we don’t have it, we may be able to special-order it for you.
All our ornaments are new and have never been used or displayed in any other venue.
As a family-owned business we take pride in treating our customers as we would like to be treated, so you will find that we go out of our way to give you the personal attention you would like.
Wrapping. All ornaments are carefully wrapped at no extra charge in acid-free tissue to preserve them for many years to come.
Boxing. Each ornament can be packaged in its own gift box, designed to protect the ornament. At your option, you can request to have your ornaments shipped to you in a slotted box. Depending on the size of the ornaments, we will ship them to you in either a 6-slot or a 12-slot box. Again, each ornament is wrapped in acid-free tissue, and there is no charge for whichever box you choose.
Gift Wrapping. For a small fee, we will gift wrap your ornament at your request.
Shipping. All shipments are packed in new, never-been-used, sturdy cardboard boxes, surrounded by new packing material.
Packaging & Shipping
Please note that we ship all items via USPS unless special conditions apply, at which point we will contact you and work with you to get the best possible result.
All orders are processed as soon as they are received, and are shipped within 1-2 business days. If there are any delays, we will notify you.
All ornaments are wrapped in Acid-Free tissue and carefully packed into the Exclusive Inge-Glas gift box.
For larger orders we may contact you to see if you would like your ornaments packaged in slotted boxes.
Many customers prefer the slotted boxes, as it makes storage and retieval easier. In either case we will not charge you for any packaging or the time it takes to pack your ornaments perfectly.
Terms and Payment. We accept VISA, MasterCard. Discover, and PayPal.