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December 27, 1990|BERKLEY HUDSON

Santa may have come and gone for this year, but a collection of 19th-Century Yuletide ornaments, known as kugels, still can be seen at the Glendora Historical Society Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A generous Glendora resident, who prefers to remain anonymous, has loaned the museum part of her exquisite ornament collection and also a display case full of antique Santa Clauses.

"Kugel is a German word meaning 'ball,' " says a card in the glass display case at the museum. "Typically, they are heavy, with a round, flattened cap, usually embossed. Sizes range from 1 1/2 inches to 18 inches in diameter. They can be found in silver, gold, cobalt, red, green and amethyst. Earlier kugels were also

decorated with paint daubbed inside the ball."

The more than two dozen displayed ornaments--some in grape cluster shapes--came from Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and the United States.

The collection's owner told museum officials her father first started collecting kugels during World War II.

The Santas, some as tiny as thimbles, are mainly from the 1930s and 1940s. They include Santa on skis, Santa pulled by a reindeer and Santa in a chimney.

The kugel and Santa exhibit closes after Sunday's free showing at 314 N. Glendora Ave. (818) 963-0419.

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