A jolly reveler in England who celebrated with feasting, drinking and merriment in honour of both the Winter Solstice and
Christmas. Although he was not a religious figure, he was one in a succession of English replacements for St. Nicholas after the Protestant
Reformation. A full, red, fur trimmed coat and holly in his hair were his noted features.
Father Christmas was not associated with gift-bringing or children until the 19th century when his appearance also changed.
18th C. Father Christmas: 14" (35 cm) - $195
18th C. Father Christmas: 28" (71 cm) - $395 (by order only)
This is a typical, kind Santa as depicted during the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837 to 1897, and featured on postcards of the era. Christmas was a very important event centred around children & family. Many of the customs originated in Germany,(including the Christmas tree), reflecting the heritage of the Queen's husband, Prince Albert. A Victorian Santa often carried a Christmas tree along with 'tons of toys'.
Victorian Father Christmas: 16" (40.5 cm) - $215
Victorian Father Christmas: 28" (71 cm) - $415 (by order only)