Collectors love to create scenes under their Christmas trees or Christmas displays with the early 1900s Erzgebirge (or so-called "Putz" by the Americans). I've taken photos of a part of my early 1900s collection to show you the range of items that were made. I was first introduced to Erzgebirge through the pieces my mother received as a child from relatives in Germany, some of which are pictured above in these carnival pieces.
Large tour buses here are pictured with a large and detailed ferris wheel, what in German is referred to as a "Russische Schaukel," or Russian swing. It turns with a crank on the side.
Wheeled vehicles are a favorite of collectors.
Here a tiny papier-mache Santa in sleigh with reindeer is paired with an early snow plow on the left. The Büdo Luxus delivery truck is a rare advertising piece. The red/white paper label on both sides is in excellent condition, hard to find on a piece this old and meant to be played with.
Pictured is a part of my collection of Erzgebirge ships. Those on wheels, as you can imagine, are rare.
Here I've included some military figures pre-1900.
These military vehicles are very detailed, and include even a bi-plane.
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