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Collectible Wooden German Santa Claus Figurines from the Erzgebirge

Collectible Wooden German Santa Claus Figurines from the Erzgebirge

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ISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm/7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm/7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm/7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen

German Santa Claus figurines are some of my favorite Christmas Decorations. Probably because my mom always had a line up of them on her mantle… and so now I do too! It’s a special day when the Christmas boxes come out of storage, and we unpack our Weihnachtsmaenner. As you can see,  German Santa Claus Figurines are a bit different than their American cousins, and these wooden Santas have a more rustic but timeless feel than the mass produced plastic Santas. And they will bring enjoyment to your family for generations to come.

Erzgebirge Santa Figures

These German Santa Figurines are hand carved and hand painted. There is a sweetness to them, like they come from a simpler time and place, where Christmas isn’t so hectic. Carved in the Erzgeberge Mountains, these simple wood Santas are certain to become a family heirloom… to be brought out and treasured for generations.

The Erzgeberge (Ore Mountains) in the Eastern part of Germany were made famous for wood carvings. Men in that area were often Miners… but they also became great woodworkers, using skills they gained from shoring up mines. Carving toys for sale was a good way to supplement income since mining was fading out.




German Santa Claus Figurines

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The Weihnactsmann (the German Name for Santa) looks a little bit different from his American Cousin… but he still has a beard, and a red coat… and he still has presents. The German Santa looks more like St Nicholas, who visits children on Dec 6, and fills their shoes with toys and sweets (if they’ve been good). To learn more about St Nicholas, click here—>> St Nicholas Day. His is not necessarily a fat jolly looking man with a red nose. That American image of Santa comes to us from the poem “A Visit from St Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. You many see a thin German Santa, or he may be wearing different colors.

With so many Santa Smokers, Ornaments and Nutcrackers,  I’m sure you will find the right one for your home.

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Wendt & Kuhn German Santa With His Pack

An Erzgebirge Tradition

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Wendt & Kuhn has been a family owned woodcarving company in the South East of Germany, in the Erzgebirge Mountains, for over 90 years. Each piece is hand made using centuries old traditions… and the company believes the painter then breathes life into the figurine to bring joy and beauty to your home.

This smallish company employs just over 150 people… four of which are solely responsible for painting faces.

The company is known for their Blossom Children, and Grünhainichen Angels (angel band), the Wendt & Kuhn Company also makes adorable Santa figures, smokers, ornaments and nutcrackers.

This German Santa with his Pack of Toys stands almost 6 inches tall.

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 KWO- Kunstgewerbe-Werkstätten Olbernhau

German Incense Smoker Santa Claus - 18 cm / 7 inch - Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers - KWOGerman Incense Smoker Santa Claus – 18 cm / 7 inch – Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers – KWOGerman Incense Smoker Santa Claus - 18 cm / 7 inch - Authentic German Erzgebirge Smokers - KWO

A Collection of Craftsmen

KWO is a collection of craftsmen’ businesses who banded together in 1949 to produce wooden toys and ornaments in the Ore Mountains of South East Germany, in the town of Olbernhau near Seiffen. They are known for producing traditional high quality turned wood Christmas Articles as well as modern innovative Christmas designs.

I love the Smokers.. they have such fun faces! (Nutcrackers, on the other hand, always look a bit irritable!)

Since KWO is actually a collection of different craftsmen, you get different styles… from Classic Santas to hip Motorcycle Santa…. and even the very Modern looking Santas.

Their Santa  Nutcrackers, Incense Smokers, Pyramids and Figurines are quite collectible.

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Steinbach Vereinigte Werkstaetten – Steinbach Collective

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Steinbach Made Collectible Santas for Years

A group of craftsmen in the Erzgebirge banded together under the Steinbach name. Sadly, the Steinbach family who oversaw the cooperative recently went bankrupt and closed down the company.. Fortunately, you can still find their Santas….You will recognize their products by the familiar Red Steinbach seal. They were known for their Nutcrackers, Incense Smokers, and especially their adorable ornaments.

You can still find Steinbach Santas… but they are getting scarcer.

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Vintage Wooden German Santa Claus Figurines

If you are a collector… or have a memory of a wooden German Santa Claus figurine from your childhood, you may find the perfect Santa HERE

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Did you find the perfect German Wood Santa for your Collection?

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