Victorian Christmas Pyramid

The Christmas Pyramid is a traditional holiday decoration theme brought to this country by German and Scandinavian immigrants. In fact, many of the early Christmas pyramids were imported from Germany.

It was common for Victorian era shops to use the pyramids to display holiday store items along with religious symbols such as creche scenes. The more wealthy households would also use Christmas pyramids as the centerpiece for their holiday decorations.

This Christmas pyramid stands 42" tall and has 4 tiers, each with a round display area graduating from 11 inches at the top to 17 inches at the bottom. Lighted candles are placed in the holders surrounding the 4 tiers. The rising heat from the candles turns the fan at the top which in turn, rotates the 4 display shelves that are connected to a central shaft.

Our pyramid is painted in white and green and has been repainted over time. The 4 round shelves (turntables) are supported by nicely crafter wooden braces. The fan is made up of 16 individual paddles covered alternately with gold and silver waxed paper. There is evidence that the original paper for the paddles included red, green, black, blue, yellow and brown. The trim work around each of the tiers is a series of inverted points or drops. These are fragile and many have had to be repaired over the years.

While German imports account for many of the surviving examples, we believe this pyramid is of domestic manufacture. It was found in Pennsylvania and it is likely it is from in or around Lancaster County. These photographs show the pyramid with battery operated, dipped candles for safety.

For this of you close to Eastern Pennsylvania, this pyramid will be on display at Ivy Hall Antiques Mall, in Abbotstown, PA - starting in October and through the holiday season.

Because of its size and fragile nature, we will discuss shipping and delivery options with you at the time of your interest.

Item ID: FR0393

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