German Incense Smokers

307 products

    307 products
    146/1670/5 - Owl Smoker with Flower & Gift
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    129.00
    146/1670/22 - Owl Playing Violin Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    119.00
    146/1670/2 - Owl Smoker Reading a Book
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    129.00
    146/1634 - Postman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    99.00
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    146/1343/44 - Plumber Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    Sale price 99.00 Regular price 146.00 Save 47
    146/1181 - Blacksmith Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    119.00
    146/1267/26 - Smoker - Snowman with Candle Arch
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    79.00
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    146/1860 - Black Forest House Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    Sale price 69.00 Regular price 92.00 Save 23
    146/1860/2 - Smoker - Gingerbread House
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    99.00
    146/928/8 - Smoker - Snowman with Sled
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    129.00
    201/164 - Smoker House with Snowman & Tealight Holder
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    54.00
    146/1787 - Smoker House with Forest Scene
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    59.00
    146/0884 - Christmas Tree Cutter Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    249.00
    146/1754 - Müller Snowman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    259.00
    146/186S - Smoker Santa with Music Box Table & Toys
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    249.00
    146/1343/33 - "Max" the Gingerbread Man Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    139.00
    136/513 - Smoker Hunter
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    69.00
    146/1107 Wine Vendor Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    159.00
    250/25 - Farmer on Green Tractor Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    219.00
    15016-Miner Smoker
    15016 - Miner Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    45.00
    146/575 - Pharmacist Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    229.00
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    146/283 - Doctor Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    Sale price 139.00 Regular price 199.00 Save 60
    085/144/2 - Pyramid - Smoking House
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    259.00
    085/144 - Pyramid - Smoking House
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    239.00
    022/146 - Santa Nutcracker with Bag of Gifts
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    359.00
    136/067 - Mini Smoker - Magician
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    59.00
    146/266 - Bee House Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    419.00
    146/262 - Large Bee Hive Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    459.00
    136/312 - Miniature Santa Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    69.00
    136/315 - Mini Smoker - Bavarian
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    69.00
    146/331BM - Smoker - Snowman With Tree
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    49.00
    136/040E - Mini Smoker - Snowman
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    59.00
    136/186/2 - Mini Smoker - Conductor
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    59.00
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    146/1861/1 - Foresthaus Smoker with Hunter
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    99.00
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    146/753 - Egg Salesman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    123.00
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    146/1488 - Firefighter Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    209.00

    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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