German Incense Smokers : German gifts

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225 products
Incense - Cone Shaped Incense for Wooden German Smokers
Frankenmuth Clock Company
7.00
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146/2203 - Metal Smoker House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 22.00 Regular price 35.00 Save 13
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146/622 - Cook Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
114.00
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146/886 - Bee Keeper Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 189.00 Regular price 234.00 Save 45
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146/1670/4 - Sleepyhead Owl Smoker
146/1670/4 - Sleepyhead Owl Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
99.00
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146/1860/3 - Smoker - Wood Turner's House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
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146/1267/22 - Smoker - Snowman with Wood Bundle
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 88.00 Save 19
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146/202060 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Scene
Frankenmuth Clock Company
15.00
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146/1801 - Wood Carver Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 109.00 Regular price 132.00 Save 23
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146/1670/15 - Snowboarding Owl Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 109.00 Regular price 143.00 Save 34
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146/1267/20 - Smoker - Snowman with Skis
Made in Germany
59.00
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146/450 - Outhouse Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 49.00 Regular price 57.00 Save 8
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146/1785 - Santa’s Workshop Smoker House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 85.00 Save 16
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146/1343/40 - Sailor Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 119.00 Regular price 150.00 Save 31
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049/1131 - Santa Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 159.00 Regular price 198.00 Save 39
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146/1860/1 - Smoker - Forest House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
146/1505 - Smoker - Pyramid Maker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
89.00
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034/100/2 - Smoker - Wanderer (Natural)
Frankenmuth Clock Company
110.00
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146/1415 - Log Cabin Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 85.00 Save 16
146/202050 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Squirrels
Frankenmuth Clock Company
15.00
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146/1359 - Lantern Salesman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
99.00
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19001/1 - Smoker-Bavarian Man
Frankenmuth Clock Company
52.00
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146/1267/15 - Snowman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
59.00
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146/1670/9 - Owl with Skis Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 109.00 Regular price 150.00 Save 41

Have you ever wondered who came up with the idea of the German Smoker or why it’s been a popular German gift for centuries? Find out more about this traditional handmade wooden toy that has been a popular family tradition for generations.

The Use of Incense

A German Incense Smoker is much more than a simple toy that sits on your mantle during Christmas time. It’s also an incense burner that is used to symbolize the gift of incense brought to Jesus by the Three Wise Men. For centuries, incense has been seen as a treasured commodity and used for trade and as a way to honor kings. Incense was also believed to have medicinal and healing properties and used to ward off evil spirits. Frankincense and myrrh, which was presented to Jesus as a gift of honor from the Three Wise Men, were known to have antiseptic and inflammatory properties and were considered an effective remedy for many common ailments. Today, these gifts are still celebrated in Germany during the twelve days of Christmas festivities. On the last day, many people light incense and place them in their German Smokers to celebrate the gifts of The Wise Men and to mark the end of the Christmas season.

The German Smokers

The earliest German Smokers were made from dough and paper mache. Then in the late 1600s, the smokers were carved from one single piece of wood and made into tiny figurines that resemble typical German villagers. Even during the Swedish invasion in the 1600s, the tradition was never lost. Those who remained in the area turned their focus to making the German Smokers, along with a number of other popular German handmade toys and ornaments. Many of the best-known carving companies in the Erzgebirge area still make smokers today and this area is still known as the premier toy and collectible region of Europe.

Progression of the German Incense Smokers

Do you know what type of German Incense Smoker your family has? The first handmade wood pieces had a distinct area for incense to be placed on a tray next to the figurine. Later designs placed the incense directly inside the figurine by way of a small incense cone. In the late 1700s, the German smokers were updated to use two pieces of wood to create one body, with the cone placed inside to pull the smoke through the mouth of the figurine, much like seen today. Even to this day, the figurine has always been carved as a traditional German working man – miner, shepherd, farmer, carpenter, each with its own unique accents and colours.

Looking for a large range of German Smokers to hand out as gifts or to keep for yourself? Come see us at Frankenmuth Clock Company or try our online store today to find a great range of traditional German toys and ornaments. 


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