You have no idea how many times I changed the title of this post. Antique Santa Claus. Vintage Father Christmas. These are decorations from my youth! Labeling them as ‘old’, ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ is the same as slapping a label on myself. (Hush the snickering!) Without further ado, here are some of my Santas. Worn around the edges. Colors faded. Straggly beards. Trim in tatters. I love them just the way they are.
This Santa is on a wind-up base that no longer works. He would have spun round and round. He’s sitting on a gift box that hides the mechanism and possibly a music box.
This Santa in his sleigh pulled by one reindeer is made of soft rubber and rocks. A child’s toy, he’s the perfect size for small hands to hold, but is a modern day toy maker’s nightmare! The tiny bell with chain and fuzzy beard = choking hazard.
A handmade sock Santa with black leather mittens and boots.
This ornament consists of just the upper half of Santa. The red felt has faded to a pretty peach. And, I have no idea who Marty Sprinczeles is.
This Father Christmas is one of my creations so he isn’t an antique, but the quilt used for his coat is a very old velvet crazy quilt. I trimmed it in mink from a coat rescued at a tag sale. His frame is a large tomato cage so he stands almost four feet tall.
Another one of my creations. This Father Christmas stands about 12″ tall. His coat is made from a piece of old red and white quilt and trimmed in white fur. He stands in a shadow box above my computer. One of my all-time favorite Christamas decorations.