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Wendt and Kühn Angels- The Erzgebirge Grünhainichen Angel Orchestra

Wendt and Kühn Angels- The Erzgebirge Grünhainichen Angel Orchestra

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Wendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Violin FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Violin Figurine

I love my Wendt and Kuhn Angels! This Erzgebirge Angel Orchestra sits on my mantle at Christmastime. Their sweet faces make me smile. When it’s time to unpack our set of Wooden Angels, it takes me back to my childhood. When I was a little girl I would spend hours arranging and re-arranging the bands of angels, and I even imagined I could hear them play.

There are many copies of these Angels, but the original Grunhainchen Angels are made by Wendt & Kuhn. You can identify them by their sweet faces, and the fact that each of the green wings has exactly 11 dots.

Today, my kids love arranging the German Angels Band…. bringing them out of their wrappers is part of our Christmas Countdown. Every year we try to add a new instrument to our collection…

Let the Erzgebirge Angel Musicians become a tradition in your home this Christmas.

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History of  Woodcarvings in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains)

Erzgebirge Angel MusiciansGerman Music Box / Spieldose German Christmas Angels Concert – 16 cm / 6 inch – Authentic German Erzgebirge Wooden Music Boxes – KWO

Erzgebirge Angels come from the German Christmas Land, the Ore Mountains

The German Erzgebirge, Ore Mountains, are known as German Christmas Land. This mountainous area lies between Germany and the Czech Republic. The area had a lot of silver… but after a while, it ran out. Since the land is difficult to farm, the locals needed to find another way to make money. Lots of trees meant lots of wood…. and a tradition of carving began. Toys, Christmas Pyramids, German Smokers, and Christmas Angels.

Traders would come through the mountains every year to buy up the toys and carvings, and they would be sold in Christmas Markets in big cities like Nuremburg.

Today, the tradition of hand carving wooden toys and ornaments continues. Some figures are traditional, and unchanged for years, the patterns passed down through the family. Other carvers have started making new and innovative figures. Either way, the figurines and ornaments are destined to be a treasure that brings delight to your family for years to come.

The Wendt and Kühn Company

Wendt and kuhn angels
Wendt and Kühn Shop in Seiffen. Photo by Stefan Kühn creative commons
In 1915 Margarete Wendt and her friend Margarete Kühn formed their own company, Wendt and Kühn in Grünhainichen Saxony. The company makes Flower Children, Music Boxes, and of course, the famous Grünhainichen Angels. Each figure is made by hand in Saxony by one of the 155 employees. And each of the sweet faces is painted by one of four specially trained artists.

Some are blond, others brunette. Some Angels sit on little blocks, others stand. You will know the true Grünhainichen Angels by their green wings, each with exactly 11 dots.

 

Wendt and Kuhn Angels

Grünhainichen Angel Musicians

Wendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Bassoon Figurine SittingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Bassoon Figurine SittingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Violin FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Violin FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Triangle FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Triangle FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Small Horn FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Small Horn FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Blonde Angel Grand Piano Figurine ClosedWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Blonde Angel Grand Piano Figurine ClosedWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Lute FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Lute Figurine

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Wendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Small Harp FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Small Harp FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Large Harp FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Large Harp FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel English Horn Figurine StandingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel English Horn Figurine StandingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Concertina Figurine SittingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Concertina Figurine SittingWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Playing GongWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Playing GongWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Melodica FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Melodica FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Accordion FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Accordion FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Drum FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Drum FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Clarinet FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Clarinet FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Pan Flute FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Pan Flute FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Cymbals FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Cymbals FigurineWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel with 2 Kettle DrumsWendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel with 2 Kettle Drums

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Do you Need a Base to Display Your Wendt and Kuhn Angels?

This three tiered riser is a perfect way to show off all of your Wendt and Kuhn Angels…

Wendt & Kuhn Angel Mountain 3 Tier Made in GermanyWendt & Kuhn Angel Mountain 3 Tier Made in Germany

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Vintage Wendt and Kühn Angels

These adorable angels are fragile, but you can find Vintage Wendt and Kühn angels in good condition. They are quite collectible.

Wendt & Kuhn WUK - 11 Dot Green Wings - Margaritten with Cart - Anri Music BoxWendt & Kuhn WUK – 11 Dot Green Wings – Margaritten with Cart – Anri Music BoxAngel Band Candle Holders by Wendt Kuhn with Moon and StarsAngel Band Candle Holders by Wendt Kuhn with Moon and StarsWendt & Kuhn Angel with trumpet moon ornamentWendt & Kuhn Angel with trumpet moon ornamentOriginal 11-dot angel by Wendt&Kühn, germany, GDR, vintageOriginal 11-dot angel by Wendt&Kühn, germany, GDR, vintageOriginal 11-dot angel by Wendt&Kühn, germany, GDR, vintageOriginal 11-dot angel by Wendt&Kühn, germany, GDR, vintageAngel with ViolinAngel with ViolinWendt & Kuhn angel Christmas tree ornamentWendt & Kuhn angel Christmas tree ornamentVintage Christmas Wood Angel Figurine Wendt Kuhn Guitar Orchestra AngelVintage Christmas Wood Angel Figurine Wendt Kuhn Guitar Orchestra Angel

Love this Video of a German Angel Band

The language of the video is German, but there is nice music, and you can get a sense of how wonderful it is to have a collection of these Wooden Angels. (I must warn you… the intro is long… go ahead and skip the first minute)

Learn More about Wendt and Kuhn, and their Delightful Angels

 

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