I cleaned up in Tuesday Morning this week, most notably this incredibly beautifully detailed set of Nativity figures which I got for 10 bucks.
You may remember that I have my mother’s little stable which she got when she was a child in the 30s. My sister has the figures and I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal to find replacements but it is, due to the small size of the stable. There are not that many sets around, save for the Fontinis, and when you go for those, you get full-blown Italian Renaissance – a style preference you have to be born into to appreciate. So when I first saw this set of 4" figures, I knew they’d be the right size but I didn’t immediately buy them because:
- Mary has a deranged expression
- those are Bavarian shepherds
- there is no Gloria In Excelsius Deo angel to hang
But when I was tooling around eBay looking for vintage figures, I came across these again, so I looked them up and lo! they are from a German company known for the accurate details in animal figurines, medieval knights and dragons and Smurfs. So as soon as I found out that I could accessorize with a wide variety of farm animals, I rushed right back to purchase the set. Wouldn’t you?
Don’t worry – I am exercising restraint. I am limiting my additions to a camel, a cow, a donkey and two goats. Now here’s the question: Of these three sub-optimal cows, which one is the best suited for crèche purposes?
I know – they’re a little too contemporary farmyard but I thought the one in the middle could pass for an ox. Also, camel or camel?
Surprise bonus in this Nativity set: the Baby Jesus comes out of the manger. I’ll gladly do without Gloria for that.