German Incense Smokers

307 products

    307 products
    146/1208 - Smoker-Smokehouse Shelter
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    59.00
    146/1670/14 - Doctor Owl Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    139.00
    146/930 - Dentist Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    229.00
    146/1670/10 - Owl Snowman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    99.00
    146/138 - Wood Turner Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    139.00
    146/545 - Chimney Sweep Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    169.00
    146/1726 - Firefighter Snail Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    41.00
    146/972 - Chimney Sweep Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    219.00
    146/1697/2 - Town Hall Smoker House
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    79.00
    146/1284-Hair Dresser Smoker
    146/1284 - Hair Dresser Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    199.00
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    146/1801 - Wood Carver Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    129.00
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    085/200/1 - Pyramid with Deer & Smoking House (14mm Candles)
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    229.00
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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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    146/1861/2 - Smoker - Wood Turner's House with Figurine
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    79.00
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    146/1505 - Smoker - Pyramid Maker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    89.00
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    146/1415 - Log Cabin Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    Sale price 69.00 Regular price 85.00 Save 16
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    146/202050 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Squirrels
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    15.00
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    146/202060 - Metal Smoker House w/ Painted Scene
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    15.00
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    146/1267/15 - Snowman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    79.00
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    146/257 - Hunting Lodge Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company™
    49.00
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    146/258 - Ski Hut Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    39.00
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    146/1003 - Smoker Gardner
    Made in Germany
    129.00
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    146/1659 - Smoker House Mountain Lodge
    Made in Germany
    59.00
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    146/1339 - Santa Claus Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    259.00
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    146/261 - Smoker - Bee Hive
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    99.00
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    146/1359 - Lantern Salesman Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    129.00
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    146/1705 - Smoker Baker
    Frankenmuth Clock Company
    119.00
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    146/358/2 - Santa with Jute Sack Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    69.00
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    146/556 - Forester Smoker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    79.00
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    146/1178 - Smoker - Wine Maker
    Frankenmuth Clock & German Gift Co.
    89.00
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    146/1601 - Smoker - Mushroom
    Made in Germany
    139.00

    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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