Made of embossed or flat paper between 1880 and 1920 in Dresden, Germany, these ornaments are now some of the most expensive Christmas decorations collected!
The earliest Dresdens were the shaped animals, musical instruments and churches. Sometimes they were coated with silver or gold paper, decorated with a couple of bright colours, usually red and green. Each ornament was made of two pieces of embossed paper glued together with a hanging string between. The embossing gave the ornament a three-dimensional look.