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Most of the Santas, snowmen and animal containers, that part at the waist, have on the inside the well known various flowery decoration in green, blue, red and lila, sometimes also with the origin.

Santas with sleigh or car were used for candy container and put on the table or under the tree.

The head, hands and boots were often of different molded "hard" material, in the literature described as papier-maché, plaster, composition or clay. It is sometimes hard to determine what it really is and I maybe wrong here and there.

Chickens and "osterhase": These are not really Christmas candy containers, but I like them and therefore have included them. Although eggs are also related to Christmas; think of Christmas eggs. Through the centuries, an egg has represented fertility, a miracle, the symbol of new life.

A pleasant custom is the use of the cardboard Christmas plates. They are filled with sweets and fruit and put under the Christmas tree, one for each child.

Also, only one, a with Christmas cake box with Santa in his sleigh, which I have listed under candy containers; it is not very old, but pretty scenes.

First the different designs found inside candy containers.


Design 1, purplish:
Container made in Western Germany


Design 2, blue:
no text

Design 3, red:
Container made in Western Germany

Design 4, blue:
Containers made in Western Germany

Design 5, green:
Easter design, no text

Design 6, blue:
no text
   
 

84: Papier maché or plaster angel with paper tree and a basket sitting on a wooden sledge, decorated with glitter; unmarked; 13cm long by ca 11cm high; also shown under "papier maché and plaster - angels"
 
1: In Europe he is called « Sint Niklaas ». During the night of December 5th-6th he brings presents. In olden days he rode on a donkey on the rooftops, accompanied by “Zwarte Piet” (black Pete) and came in the house through the chimney. Children put a shoe, slipper or a clog filled with a carrot and a turnip for the donkey in front of the fireplace.
15: Covered with venetian dew; ears 15: mounted on springs.
1: In Europe he is called « Sint Niklaas ». During the night of December 5th-6th he brings presents. In olden days he rode on a donkey on the rooftops, accompanied by “Zwarte Piet” (black Pete) and came in the house through the chimney. Children put a shoe, slipper or a clog filled with a carrot and a turnip for the donkey in front of the fireplace. 32: Papier maché clog. This rather relates to Saint Nicolas.
My husband remembers receiving one just like it on Saint Nicolas day.
15: Covered with venetian dew; ears mounted on springs.
3: Head is mounted on a spring.
2: Covered with venetian dew as can be more clearly seen in the next picture; head is mounted on a spring. 2: The previous one, but with the venetian dew  showing more clearly.
3: Head is mounted on a spring. 14: chick 2: Covered with venetian dew as can be more clearly seen in the next picture; head is mounted on a spring.
21: This fluffy snowman  is about 20cm high and inside the container is printed "containters made in Western Germany".  His head wobbles.
22b: An elf sitting on a mushroom is about 19cm high. No indication of origin. All different colored chenille; the inside of the box is plain cardboard.
23: This Venetian dew covered snowman is about 17 cm high. No indication of origin, but considering the inside decoration and the paper sprig it certainly is an old one. His head is mounted on a spring.
34: 19cm high snowman container with hands mounted on springs. The head comes off at the neck, revealing the container. Possibly with its original box, although it seems too small; on the side is stamped ‘7020’ and ‘24’ and in pencil “Blanc” (white)
21: This fluffy snowman's head wobbles and inside the container is printed "containters made in Western Germany".
Is about 20cm high.
22b: An elf sitting on a mushroom, which is set on a box, all different colored chenille; the inside of the box is plain cardboard. No indication of origin.
Is about 19cm high.
23: This Venetian dew covered snowman's head is mounted on a spring. is about 17 cm high. No indication of origin, but considering the inside decoration and the paper sprig it certainly is an old one. His head is mounted on a spring. 34: 19cm high snowman container with hands mounted on springs. The head comes off at the neck, revealing the container. Possibly with its original box, although it seems too small; on the side is stamped ‘7020’ and ‘24’ and in pencil “Blanc” (white)
24: 21cm high, these two are certainly containers, but they are not necessarily for Christmas. The inside of the boxes has a white paper lace ribbon and is decorated with a green striped pattern; not one of the usual Christmas flowery patterns. Their heads are mounted on a spring. Could also be a set for a wedding ?
On the internet I have seen a similar snowman, interior of the box the same, marked with a
round label "Made in Germany".

88: 21cm high, the same figure as the one on the left, but black hair instead of white, and head also mounted on a spring, with box, unmarked.

 


53: Pig on a spring
79: Head on a spring, cap incl. 22cm high, inside design 6, unmarked, sprinkled with red mica 92: Pig candy container, head comes off and the body is the container, springled all over with Venetian dew, back with his little tail; ca 14cm high; feather sprig not contemporary 53: Pig head on a spring, holding Christmas tree;
very pleasant container
49: Head on a spring,  cap incl. 19cm high, inside design 1, marked " container made in Western Germany"
49: Head on a spring, cap incl. 19cm high, inside design 1, marked "container made in Western Germany" 80: Head on a spring, holding a glass bead lantern and a green crèpe sack,
cap incl. 18cm high, inside design 1, marked "container made in Western Germany"
81: Head fixed, cardboard mustace and beard, holding a paper Christmas branch, lacquered red with silver glitter, cap incl. 19cm high, inside design 2, unmarked
83: Lift head off for candy container; cardboard covered with felty material, paper Christmas branch with red berry; no inside decoration, 17cm high 82: Head on a spring, chenille arms, felt clothing, comes apart at the waist;
inside design 3, ca 21cm high
77: Dwarf candy container, rabbit fur beard and large pipe cleaner arms, head on a spring, comes apart at the waist; inside design 4, 21cm high 69: Red candy container bell, cardboard, painted red, covered with Venetian dew;
the inside top with Easter decoration, design 5!! 12,5cm high
Also shown in page paper-houses & villages
A set of cardboard houses and a church candy containers, very prettily decorated on all sides, the roofs with mica. They are all foreseen with a red cotton hanger, holding the roof and base together when hung on the tree. They measure from 3,5cm to 5cm, the church being about 9cm.
The other side of the set is shown in Paper & Spun Glass, section 'Villages & Houses'.
4: This candy container was offered as "antique", but  I think it is  not very old.
4: This candy container was offered as "antique",
but I think it is not very old.
6: Large container, diam.  11 cm.  Text on the inside "container made in Western Germany".
6: Large container, diam. 11 cm.
Text on the inside "container made in Western Germany".

Two similar candy containers, the small one being the older. The left one printed inside "CONTAINER MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY", while the small one "MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY". The largest has different graphics on each side, while the smaller has the same graphics on both sides and has the paper frill around the edge. But, of course the halves could have been switched because they were sold in boxes of 12, each side different graphics. Dia: 7,2cm and 6cm.

A candy container shoe with turned-up tip and covered with strands of red chenille, topped with a white fabric rose;
the inside is lined with gold and white colored wrapping paper; ca 19cm wide


54: from left: 1 plastic, flanel w/string, 12,5cm; 2 & 3: lacquered cardboard, crèpe paper, 8cm and 13cm;
4: lacquered plaster with crèpe paper; 5: cardboard fluffy covered, crèpe paper, 16cm; dim. to top of boots


61: all white painted cardboard covered with Venetian dew, red and white crèpe paper,
red felt and gold paper stars trimmings; from left ca 13cm, 10,5cm and 10cm, to the top of the boots
8: Boot made of cardboard and covered with feltlike material.
29.2: Small papier maché red lacquered boot and red cloth cover at the top; about 7 cm high, not counting the cloth fastening; believe it is German, not Japanese. 8: Boot made of cardboard and covered with feltlike material. 95: Small boot, painted white and covered with Venetian dew; about 7cm high. 9c: Cardboard boot covered with silver foil; about 10cm high not counting the mesh top; Japanese.
30b: Japanese candy container, celluloid face, mesh body, cotton hands, felt or flannel  hat-sleeves-trousers, and black papier maché boots; 26 cm high.
7: Santa celluloid face and mesh bag.
26: Santa with plaster face and mesh body in a box, about 10cm high, Japanese.
29.1: Santa with plaster face and mesh bag, mounted on a cardboard boot, which is covered with paper and foil;  about 10,5 cm high, not counting the mesh bag; Japanese.
30b: Japanese candy container, celluloid face, mesh body, cotton hands, felt or flannel hat-sleeves-trousers, and black papier maché boots; 26 cm high. 7: Santa celluloid face and mesh bag. 26: Santa with plaster face and mesh body in a box, about 10cm high, Japanese. 29.1: Santa with plaster face and mesh bag, mounted on a cardboard boot, which is covered with paper and foil; about 10,5 cm high, not counting the mesh bag; Japanese.
60: Santa, plaster face, rabbit fur beard, paper tree, in the chimney of a wooden house, covered with glitter, candy container, walls are of wood, roof and base of cardboard, 9cm x 13cm high
60: Santa, plaster face, rabbit fur beard, paper tree, in the chimney of a house,
covered with glitter, walls are of wood, roof and base of cardboard,
house lifts off for the container, 13cm high and base is 9cm x 7cm
31b: Japanese Santa in sleigh, plaster face, chenille arms and legs, paper hood/coat,

31b: Japanese Santa in sleigh, clay face, pipe cleaner arms and legs,
paper hood/coat, 12cm long

59: Japanese Santa in a sleigh, plaster face, chenille arms and legs; 13,5cm long

68: Santa in a wooden sleigh, paper face, pipe cleaner body, crèpe hat; ca 15cm long

57: Santa in a wooden sleigh, composition head and boots, chenille arms; 18,5cm long

58: Santa in a sleigh, composition head, boots and arms, rabbit fur beard; sleigh covered wit Venetian dew on a white background; 17,5cm long,

66: Boy in a wooden sleight, composition head, arms/hands and boots; yellow, red, white and green flannel clothes; 14,5cm long
 

55: Santa with composition head, rabbit fur beard and with a leftover of a green crèpe paper tree, in a green wooden car, 15cm long total.
The armless Santa is not a damage. It comes from an old estate.



55: Santa with composition face, sitting on a trunk that is the candy container, opening at the side;
he is wearing red cloth hood/coat, bordered with white, and blue trousers; he has blue composition hands, in which the tree is missing, and black boots;
the candy containter is made of cardboard, appr. 11,5cm long.


78: Cotton Santa candy container, cardboard painted face and papier maché boots;
cardboard interior with the boots to be removed for the container.
Probably French; 33cm high; also shown in cotton page

47: Santa candy container with the opening in the base, 1960s, pressed white hard celluloid covered with a furry red material, rabbit fur beard,
head on a spring; 19cm high.
 

63: Santa candy container, with composition face, but pipe cleaner hands;
the container is still there but he has lost his feet;
ca 16cm high

64: Santa candy container
with composition face and hands;
lost his container/feet; ca 17cm high, German

67: Santa candy container
with plaster face and cotton arms/hands;
lost his container/feet; ca 10cm high, Japanese

65: two Santa candy containers
with composition face and hands, black boots attached to the container;
16cm, tree missing, and 14cm high with paper tree ;



73: Santa candy container with
paper face on cardboard, chenille hands,
black boots attached to the container;
German ?, ca 21cm high


75: Santa candy container with
composition face and hands;
body, boots and container missing;
German, ca 28cm high

70: larger Santa candy container with
composition face and hands with feather tree branch,
black boots attached to the container,
coat originally blue;
German, ca 32cm high

71: Santa candy container with
composition face and hands with feather tree branch,
black boots attached to the container;
German, ca 23cm high

72: Santa candy container with
composition face and hands with cotton eichhorn,
pinkish satin coat, black boots attached to the container;
German or French?, ca 25cm high
 

74: pressed cardboard candy container Santa at a chimney, ca 27cm high

76: Attractive rubber Santa squeaker with basket container on his back;
cannot decipher the mark; ca 28cm high; also under "Plastic"

48: Santa paper face, chinille body, plastic rocket and paper bag on his back; also on the "Plastic" page.
48: Santa paper face, chenille body, plastic rocket and paper bag on his back;
also shown on the "Plastic" page.



62: red & white plastic candy containers, Santa on white snow shoes,
mfg. by E. rosen Company of Providence, Rhode Island, US; ca 11cm high

Here follow a selection of cardboard plates. A German friend told me that when she was young a plate, filled with sweets and fruit, for each child was put under the Christmas tree.
All the plates are decorated on the back with sprigs of the pine tree with and without two birds, candles, bells and sometimes with balls. None are marked on the back, but some have text added in the front: "O Tannenbaum", "Eisbahn", "Made in Germany", "E. REINHARDT" with "1/10/10", "EVP 0.20 M" . So we can safely say that these were made in Germany.

12: No text 13: "O TANNENBAUM"  above the tree. 16b: "EISBAHN"  on a sign pole .
17b: No text 18b: No text 19: "Made in Germany"  beneath the three  children.
25: "E. REINHARDT" and "1/10/10"; also shown in the book “Weihnachtszeit” , Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München, page 113, item 137. 20: No text. This is a newer one. 33: no text
43: no text

Both "EVP 0.20 M" (EVP: Einheitsverkaufspreise or Einzelhandelsverkaufspreis or Endverbraucherpreis, used in the DDR)
A variety of candy containers, or items used for that purpose.

 

28: Variety of copper and silver(ed) baskets
28: Variety of copper and silver(ed) baskets
11: Copper wire basket, darkened with age.
11: Copper wire basket, darkened with age.
40: felt little bag, 5cm high.
40: felt little bag, 5cm high.
51: basket made of old pipecleaners,ca 9cm wide and only 2,5cm high, excl. handle
51: basket made of old pipecleaners,ca 9cm wide and only 2,5cm high, excl. handle
42: two crocheted heart shaped bags.
42: two crocheted heart shaped bags.
 
41: metal mesh bag, about 5cm high.
41: metal mesh bag, about 5cm high.

50: another metal mesh bag, is older

85: three paper baskets: 4cm, plaited with colored paper strips;
7,5cm, white paper strips and blue glass beads; 6,5cm red paper with tinsel handle

With the hole and cardboard ring in the base, I have no idea what they were intended for, except maybe a candy container. They measure 10 and 10,5cm high. According to Daniela they are indeed candy containers, missing their insert.
Also shown in the "Papier maché and Plaster - all others" page.

Now follow a few paper candy containers. The first five are probably German (35-39), while the sixth one is Russian (44).

German: most certainly they are made from a cut-out sheet, because one can see that the edges are hand cut. There are traces inside, so it can be assumed they have been used. They measure between 9 and 7 cm not counting the loop; the ship is 21 cm long.
Russian: The text reads: "Sivka-burka" people fairy tale. It's a tale about the magic horse "Sivka-burka". About 10cm high.

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35
37
37
36: front and back-36: front and back
36
39
39
38
38

44
44
 
   
Other paper candy containers


52: Dresden candy container,
same both sides, ca 5,5cm high


86: Dresden candy containers,
the back being the suport to hang on the tree, total ca 6cm high



87: "Roodthooft" New Years's sweets or toffee box
with a hole in the back for hanging;
total height 17,5cm x 7cm deep
45: I do not think this is a pre-WW2 one, but I do love the graphics.
Underneath the text "A Merry Christmas" is printed "U.S. PATENT PENDING".
Dimensions closed: 13 x 16 cm and 3 cm deep.


Cardboard cake box, not very old, but nice scenes each side of the box,
marked on the base


Paper bag with white string at the top;
26cm high
     
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