German Incense Smokers : German souvenirs

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  • German Souvenirs
112 products
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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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146/2205 - Metal Smoker House with Christmas Motif
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 22.00 Regular price 35.00 Save 13
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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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146/1860/3 - Smoker - Wood Turner's House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
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146/202060 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Scene
Frankenmuth Clock Company
10.95
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146/1860/1 - Smoker - Forest House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
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146/928/6 - Snowman with Penguin Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
Sale price 79.00 Regular price 115.00 Save 36
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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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146/1670/13 - Owl Smoker with Glasses & Book
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 89.00 Regular price 144.00 Save 55
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146/1003 - Smoker Gardner
Made in Germany
119.00
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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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146/322BG - Mushroom House Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 104.00 Save 35
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146/1807 - Cooking Woman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 109.00 Regular price 186.00 Save 77
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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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146/1670/5 - Owl Smoker with Flower & Gift
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 99.00 Regular price 137.00 Save 38
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146/1670/22 - Owl Playing Violin Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 99.00 Regular price 143.00 Save 44
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146/1339 - Santa Claus Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 179.00 Regular price 279.00 Save 100
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146/1255/3 - Snowman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 79.00 Regular price 114.00 Save 35
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146/1860/2 - Smoker - Gingerbread House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
146/1358 - Smoker - Beer Drinker Grilling Sausage
Frankenmuth Clock Company
129.00
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146/1754 - Müller Snowman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
Sale price 199.00 Regular price 271.00 Save 72
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146/1585 - Smoker House with Skier
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 79.00 Regular price 132.00 Save 53
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146/1670/9 - Owl with Skis Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 109.00 Regular price 150.00 Save 41
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70110-206-1 - Smoker - Green Tree
Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
139.00
9910-623 - Smoker - Santa with Sleigh
Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
119.00
70110-201-1 - Smoker - Gatherer
Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
289.00
70110-200-2 - Smoker - Mushroom
Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
109.00
9916-05 - Smoker - Santa
Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
149.00
146/1670/29 - Smoker - Owl Gardener
Made in Germany
109.00
146/1343/6 - Smoker - "Max" Shepard
Made in Germany
89.00
146/771/73 - Penguin with Bird House
Made in Germany
79.00
146/756/2 - Smoker - Natural with Ladybug
Made in Germany
39.00

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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