A wonderful antique German Santa in sleigh Christmas display figure from Germany with the original box bottom. The display features a Belsnickle style Santa riding in a heavy paperboard sleigh with a composition reindeer and sack of toys. The sleigh and reindeer are mounted on a wood platform, each coated in thick flat white paint or gesso and dusted with clear or silver glitter. It's 9-1/4 inches long by about 4 inches high.
Santa has a hand painted molded composition clay face with white rabbit fur beard and holds a green paper tree. He wears a red wool felt coat and hood trimmed with black belt and white "fur" front placket. His black boots are clay or plaster composition. The composition reindeer appears to have a metal or wire frame body and metal antlers.
The toy sack is made of fine gold thread mesh with red cotton ties. Inside are six tiny toys - a carved wood boy, two wooden chickens, and a lacquered litho scrap cow on a wooden platform marked Made in Germany. The black baby has a broken foot and may be an early plastic composition. It and the metal rocking horse aren't marked.
The heavy cardboard box is marked Germany. There is no lid. The bottle brush tree is probably not original but it was found in the box. The mesh toy sack has some pulled threads. Everything else is in very good condition with only light wear consistent with age but no damage.
Germany Composition Christmas Belsnickle Santa, Sleigh, Reindeer