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German Christmas Schwibbogen Ornament Putz Tree Candle Holder Erzgebirge Vintage For Sale
This traditional, large size wood Schwibbögen is in very good, gently used condition. The family who owned it treated their prized Schwibbögen gently, removing it from the attic for the Christmas season, putting it in the window with lit candles to welcome the Christ Child, ,and then putting it back in the attic the day after Twelfth Night (Jan 6.) when the Christmas season was over. This is a traditional old German Christmas decoration. Schwibbogen are widely used today in Germany at Christmas. Size is approximately 22" by 14" tall. The base is a solid pine strip with two triangle shaped "feet". This is jig saw decorated with symbols of German Christmas from the area of Seifen in the Ohr Mountains where Schwibbogen are still made today: two miners, miner's tools, soldiers sabers, and fir trees for the pines which cover the Ohr Mountains to this day. This schwibbogen was made in the 1950s and is more than 60 years old, and yet still strong, beautiful and ready to use. The schwibbogen features the traditional symbols of the Ohr Mountains where this was created: 2 miners, a pine tree for the pine forests which cover the Ohr Mountains. During the Christmas season, windows throughout Germany are lit with the soft lights of Schwibbögen, (called Christmas window arches or candles arches by some). These traditional displays reach back over 270 years to the mines of the Erzgebirge (Ohr Mountains in Eastern Germany). The first Schwibbögen, made out of wrought iron, are thought to have originated in the town of Johanngeorgenstadt. Today all of Germany, Austria and German areas of Switzerland are bright with the light of schwibbogen in the windows of modest cottages and grand homes and castles. Only use this lit when there is adult supervision in the room, never leave it to burn unattended. Sold for decorative purposes only. Buyer pays shipping with insurance. May be picked up in Pompton Plains, NJ.
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German Christmas Schwibbogen Ornament Putz Tree Candle Holder Erzgebirge Vintage: $50