Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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December 11, 2013

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus--some St. Nick history

What's in the Attic?

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Today’s collectors watch for Santa figures from the late 1800s and the early part of the 1900s. These Santa’s are dressed in robes, rather than the “modern” red suit. Robes made of mohair or fur are the most desirable. Older examples will seldom be found in red, but are in the Victorian era colors of purple, brown, white, blue, green and occasionally in yellow. Many Santa’s from this era were handcrafted in Germany and are referred to as a “Belsnickle,” a German term meaning Father Christmas.

In addition to figures, Santa candy containers and tree ornaments are popular with collectors. The tree ornaments will often be made of blown or spun glass, and the candy containers will be made, at least in part, of paper mache’.

Early Santa postcards, crepe paper fold-outs, paper mache forms, and greeting cards are growing in popularity and in value. In the area of Christmas paper collectibles, age is a definite factor in determining value. However, excellent condition is imperative no matter what the age.

A heads-up for all of you “Baby Boomers”......... be sure to take good care of any childhood Christmas decorations that you may have. Chalk Santa’s, bubble lights, clip on birds for the tree, and plastic Santa’s from the 50s and 60s are starting to catch the eye of collectors.

Until next time........Linda

Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the valuation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or lkennett@indy.rr.com

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