The Elephant has been the symbol of the Republican Party since 1874 when political cartoonist Thomas Nast showed an Elephant trampling on inflation and chaos - indicating a party favoring economic conservation and law and order. The Elephant is strong, dignified, and intelligent. Each figural glass ornament produced by Old World Christmas is hand crafted in age-old tradition using the same techniques that originated in the 1800's. Molten glass is mouth-blown into finely carved molds made exclusively for Old World Christmas, before a hot solution of liquid silver is poured inside. The ornaments are then hand-painted and glittered in a series of labor-intensive steps to achieve the beautiful creations. 4 inches.