German Incense Smokers

123 products

123 products
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Smoker - Owl with Cello
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
Sale price 99.00 Regular price 148.00 Save 49
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146/1459 - Pyramid Salesman Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 69.00 Regular price 103.00 Save 34
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146/0434 - Miner Dwarf Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
Sale price 89.00 Regular price 125.00 Save 36
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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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146/1343/39 - "Max" with Chainsaw Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 119.00 Regular price 159.00 Save 40
Smoker Bicycle Orange
Frankenmuth Clock Company
50.00
146/202060 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Scene
Frankenmuth Clock Company
10.95
Forester Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
53.00
Dairy Farmer Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
111.00
Smoker-Photographer
Frankenmuth Clock Company
56.00
Smoker-Captin
Frankenmuth Clock Company
56.00
Smoker- Station Master
Frankenmuth Clock Company
56.00
Smoker-Miner
Frankenmuth Clock Company
95.00
Smoker-Bavarian Man
Frankenmuth Clock Company
52.00
Smoker - Nurse
Frankenmuth Clock Company
49.00
Smoker - Dentist
Frankenmuth Clock Company
89.00
Smoker - Large Hunter
Frankenmuth Clock Company
249.00
146/929 - Doctor Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
139.00
Smoker - Baker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
98.00
Smoker-Mini Santa
Frankenmuth Clock Company
42.00
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146/1466 - Sausage Griller Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 149.00 Regular price 205.00 Save 56
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146/1670/14 - Doctor Owl Smoker
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 99.00 Regular price 148.00 Save 49
Smoker - Dentist
Frankenmuth Clock Company
126.00
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146/1670/11 - Owl Chef Smoker with Spoon
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 99.00 Regular price 144.00 Save 45
Smoker - Wood Turner
Frankenmuth Clock Company
81.00
Smoker - Radio Snail
Frankenmuth Clock Company
38.00
Smoker - Firefighter Snail
Frankenmuth Clock Company
41.00
Smoker - Do It Yourself Smoker House
Frankenmuth Clock Company
44.00
Smoker - Motorcyclist
Frankenmuth Clock Company
89.00
Smoker - Natural Duck
Frankenmuth Clock Company
59.00
Smoker - Black Duck
Frankenmuth Clock Company
59.00
Smoker - Birdman
Frankenmuth Clock Company
129.00
146/1316 - Wiseman Smoker - Balthasar
Smoker - Wiseman (Balthasar)
Frankenmuth Clock Company
83.00
146/1314-Smoker-Gaspar
Smoker - Gaspar
Frankenmuth Clock Company
83.00
146/1315 - Wiseman Smoker Melchior
Smoker - Wiseman (Melchior)
Frankenmuth Clock Company
83.00
Smoker - Doctor
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
120.00
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146/1377 - Witch w/ Raven Smoker
146/1377 - Smoker - Müller Witch with Raven
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Sale price 199.00 Regular price 276.00 Save 77
146/1008 - Lady Snowman w/ Baby Smoker
Smoker - Lady Snowman w/ Baby
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
74.95
Smoker - Hunter
Frankenmuth Clock Company
229.00
Smoker - Night Watchman
Frankenmuth Clock Company™
219.00

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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