6 Antique Vintage Original Paper Mache Hand Puppets* Hansel & Gretel* Very Rare For Sale
AAALL OF THE PICTURES ARE OF THE SAME ITEM THE DIFFERENCE IN COLOR IS FROM THE CAMERAAA WELCOME TO OUR WE ARE PRESENTING A 6 Antique Vintage Original Paper Mache Hand PuppetsHansel and Gretel ( is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812) -WITCH - BEAR - MONSTER - LAMBPuppets range in size 9" to
13"3 heads are paper mache - 2 ARE CLOTH AND ONE IS MOLDED CLOTHThere is Visible
wear- stains - & hair needs some repair All heads are in good condition, no damage
(rips/tears), there is some paint GOOD LUCK offerDING
(The following summary is based on an 1853)
Hansel and Gretel are the young children of a poor woodcutter. When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter's second, abusive
wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there
to fend for themselves, so that she and her husband will not starve to
death, because the children eat too much. The woodcutter opposes the
plan but finally, and reluctantly, submits to his wife's scheme. They
are unaware that in the children's bedroom, Hansel and Gretel have
overheard them. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of
the house and gathers as many white pebbles as he can, then returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.
The next day, the family walk deep into the woods and Hansel lays a
trail of white pebbles. After their parents abandon them, the children
wait for the moon to rise and then they follow the pebbles back home.
They return home safely, much to their stepmother's horror. Once again
provisions become scarce, and the stepmother angrily orders her husband
to take the children further into the woods and leave them there to die.
Hansel and Gretel attempt to gather more pebbles, but find the doors
locked and find it impossible to escape from their parents' house.
The following morning, the family treks into the woods. Hansel takes a slice of bread and leaves a trail of bread crumbs
to follow home. However, after they are once again abandoned, the
children find that birds have eaten the crumbs and they are lost in the
woods. After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a
clearing in the woods and discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes, with window panes of clear sugar. Hungry and tired, the children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy
house, when the door opens and a "very old woman" emerges and lures
them inside, with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. They
comply, unaware that their hostess is a wicked witch who waylays children to cook and eat them.
The next morning, the witch locks Hansel in an iron cage in the
garden and forces Gretel into becoming a slave. The witch feeds Hansel
regularly to fatten him up, but Hansel cleverly offers a bone he found
in the cage (presumably a bone from the witch's previous captive) and
the witch feels it, thinking it is his finger. Due to her blindness,
she is fooled into thinking Hansel is still too thin to eat. After
weeks of this, the witch grows impatient and decides to eat Hansel, "be
he fat or lean."
She prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides she is hungry enough to
eat Gretel, too. She coaxes Gretel to open the oven and prods her to
lean over in front of it to see if the fire is hot enough. Gretel,
sensing the witch's intent, pretends she does not understand what she
means. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates, and Gretel instantly shoves
the witch into the oven and slams and bolts the door shut, leaving "The
ungodly witch to be burned to ashes", with the witch screaming in pain until she dies. Gretel frees Hansel from the cage, and the pair discover a vase full of treasure and precious stones. Putting the jewels
into their clothing, the children set off for home. A swan ferries them
across an expanse of water, and at home they find only their father;
his wife died from unknown causes. Their father had spent all his days
lamenting the loss of his children, and is delighted to see them safe
and sound. With the witch's wealth, they all live happily ever
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6 Antique Vintage Original Paper Mache Hand Puppets* Hansel & Gretel* Very Rare: $34