Candle Arches (Schwibbogens) wired for 110 voltage. Placed in
all the windows of the homes in the villages of the Erzgebirge,
they are a welcoming sight, enjoyed from indoors or out and addding
old-world charm to the home. The arch shape reminds villagers
of this area of the entrances to the mines, from which they gained
their livelihood until the 1800's.
Seiffen, the most famous of the four "toy towns" come
various "families" of Smokers,
the WeatherVane's most popular items, made by individual
workshops. Designed to burn incense, a German custom to bless
the hearth at home, each smoking figure represents a German folk
character handcrafted in the most charming detail with a quaint
personality all its own. From woodsmen, to hunters, to golfers,
to Santas, to fire fighters, to ladies with pies, there are smokers
to fit most every hobby or occupation!
from Seiffen are many workshops which produce Nutcrackers,
originally created to spoof authority figures but now available
in a wide variety of sports figures, Santa, Gardeners, even Snowmen!
Grünhainichen, the Weather Vane stocks or can obtain
the entire Wendt and Kuhn
collection of Santas, children, religious figures and the very
familiar trademark white angel with distingishing green wings
with eleven white dots which are cherished by collectors around
the world. These miniature wood turned figures were all designed
by Grete Wendt and Grete Kuhn more than 85 years ago and the workshop
is still family-owned. After the reunification of Germany in 1990,
the family regained ownership as Grete Wendt's nephew, Hans Wendt,
is the company's current owner and director. We import from them
directly this year so the prices are lower!
Grünhainichen are the natural, pleated-skirted Blank
Angels playing instruments and the charmingly painted
Emil Helbig woodcarvings,
made with minute detail, in a tiny workshop by 3rd and 4th generation
father and daughter. Many new pieces have been produced for this
are one of the oldest European collectibles, featuring charming
handcrafted scenes and figures that rotate within the pyramid
when the candles are lit. Especially beautiful as a centerpiece
on a Christmas table or coffee table, pyramids become heirlooms
for many families.
and music boxes
are two more German Erzgebirge products that the Weather Vane
stocks heavily. German music boxes are made of hand crafted
wood with Swiss movements that have to be heard to be believed!