Pelznickel (Nicholas in Furs): Germany & 19th C. Middle American Colonies

Pelznickel all in  furs
This stern German character, also identified as 'Ru Klaas' (Rough Nicholas), 'Belsnickel' and 'Aschenklas' (Nicholas in Ashes), dressed in dark or shaggy clothing or all in furs or skins, was a secular replacement for St. Nicholas in Germany after the Protestant Reformation; a time when honouring saints was supposed to be banned.
The dour character, was introduced to the Middle American colonies by 19th. century German immigrants. Until late in the century, he would visit German households in Baltimore and Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve, carrying a bundle of switches for naughty children and treats for good ones. Even the good children were afraid that they might not have been good enough! Sometimes he accompanied St. Nicholas or Christkindl who were much more lenient. He was sometimes associated with 'Knecht Ruprecht'.

TO ORDER Pelznickel:

Pelznickel: 16" (40.5 cm) - $225
Pelznickel: 28" (71 cm) - $425 (by order only)

IN AN EMAIL TO: oldeworldsantas@gmail.com
(1) Copy and paste the name, size and price of the Pelznickel you wish to purchase
(2) Include your complete MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS

Upon receipt of your order, your total cost including shipping (if applicable), will be calculated and Shirley Ivison (Olde World Santas), will invoice you through .
QUESTIONS? oldeworldsantas@gmail.com

Please Note :
1) Sizes are approximate.
2) Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery of your order.
3) Materials may vary slightly depending on availability.
4) 'Faux' fur and 'Faux' leather may be substituted for natural fur and leather if desired.
5) 28" (71 cm) santas are purchased by order only, with a deposit of $100 unless otherwise indicated

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