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Wood Can­dle­holder

- Mining · Industries · Vermont · Germany · Montpelier

SUB­MIT­TED BY: P.Y., Mont­pe­lier, VT

PROVE­NANCE: Scooped up at a hol­i­day an­tiques show

WHAT IT IS: Lo­cated in eastern Ger­many, the Erzge­birge (Ore Moun­tains) re­gion was es­tab­lished as a min­ing com­mu­nity as early as the 16th cen­tury. “The set­ting of this quaint, woodsy com­mu­nity in­spired many of these min­ers to be­come ar­ti­sans, carv­ing ob­jects out of the wood they found near the mines,” says ap­praiser Mar­sha Dixey. “With­out a mark, I can­not say ab­so­lutely, but your hand­crafted piece has the ap­pear­ance of be­ing a later ‘Erzge­birge’ Santa, likely dat­ing from the 1950s or ’60s.”

WHAT IT’S WORTH: $200

 ??  ?? did you know...
Ar­ti­sans from the Erzge­birge re­gion of Ger­many also crafted hol­i­day smok­ers and nut­crack­ers.
did you know... Ar­ti­sans from the Erzge­birge re­gion of Ger­many also crafted hol­i­day smok­ers and nut­crack­ers.

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