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German Pyramids

PyramidThe Weihnachtspyramide (Christmas pyramid) has its roots in the Erzgebirge of Germany. The forerunner of the pyramid was the Lichtergestelle (light stand), which was popular in the 18th century. These light stands were constructed of four poles, decorated with evergreen boughs, tied together at the top and lit with candles. In large cities, the Christmas tree gradually replaced the Lichtergestelle, but in the mountains, the spinning propellers were added.
PyramidMany of the pyramids available at Europa are handcrafted by Richard Glaesser in Seiffen, Germany, which has been in operation since 1932. Mr. Glaesser paid particular attention that his figures have a friendly appearance and be of the highest quality. Figures from the Christmas story, fairy tales, as well as miners and angels from the mining traditions of the Erzgebirge are used on Christmas pyramids and candle holders.

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Handpainted Pewter from Germany

Europa offers handpainted pewter ornaments and collectibles from two German manufacturers, Wilhelm Schweizer and Kuehn.

Bambi and FriendsThe pewter tradition dates back to the 9th century in the heart of Bavaria’s romantic countryside, where two important trade routes joined, spurring the cultural development of the region. Pewter amulets, ornaments, religious pictures, and jewelry became popular.

Reindeer with Gifts

Wilhelm Schweizer has carried on the tradition, handcasting and handpainting pewter since 1796, first as toys for children. Each item is cast individually from a mold carefully engraved in a slab of slate, and then each piece is painted by hand.

Angel with AnimalsLocated in the same region south of Augsburg, Kuehn has been handcrafting pewter ornaments since 1960. Kuehn ornaments are also handcast and handpainted.Santa in Sleigh



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King-Werk Handpainted German Beer Steins

Europa is pleased to offer handcrafted and handpainted German beer steins , including this one by King-Werk. According to King-Werk, Germany established a number of laws in the 1500s in efforts to create more sanitary conditions in response to several fly infestations as well as concerns about a possible return of the Black Death. One such law required that all beverage containers be covered to protect their contents. Thus, the “steinkrug” was created with a lid, hinge, and thumblift combined.

Another of the laws was that beer could be brewed only from hops, cereals, yeast, and water, resulting in better beer, still enjoyed today! Thank you, Germany! Prost!

King-Werk Stein

Shop our selection of German Beer Steins.

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Schaller Paper Mache Santas

They’re here! Europa is pleased to offer hand-painted paper mache Santas by Ino Schaller. Which is your favorite? In 1894 Carl Schaller started a company in his home in Germany to produce paper Christmas items. His paper mache candy containers that open from the bottom were exported to the United States by Woolworth’s and were popular in the U.S. in the early 20th century.

In the 1980s Thomas Schaller found his great grandfather’s candy container molds in the family’s attic. He and his father revived the craft of mold casting and pouring paper mache. These hand-painted candy containers were made using the original molds, and each is hand-signed by Thomas.

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