The Erzgebirge Räuchermännchen - is a small and thoughtful little figure of a man, made of wood and smoking a pipe. The "Räucherkerzchen" ( a scented, fumigating candle) or Incense Cone. Part of the Christmas decorations at the beginning of the 19th. century and since then have become a tradition, lovingly adhered to. Today it is not at all possible to say exactly when the first smoking figures appeared.
However, it cannot have been before the introduction of tobacco, which spread to Europe via Great Britain from the beginning of the 17th. century. This surely was an attractive motive for the toy makers from the Erzgebirge to copy.
Around 1800, the Book of Toy Patterns from Nuremberg showed a Hussar, sitting at the coffee table, enjoying his pipe. There is evidence of smoking figures made of paper pulp around the area of Sonneberg in the period from 1820 to 1830.
The new popular fashion of smoking must have inspired the toy makers from Seiffen and the Erzgebirge to make a little puffing figure out of wood. And thus was created the "prototype" from a basic lathed, hollow body inside which the scented candle could slowly burn away, thanks to the interior air stream. The smoke escaped through the mouth of the little wooden man, just as it would from a real person.
The ErzgebirgeRäuchermännchen - is a small and thoughtful little figure of a man, made of wood and smoking a pipe. With the "Räucherkerzchen" ( a scented, fumigating candles) they must have already been a part of the Christmas decorations at the beginning of the 19th. century and since then have become a tradition, lovingly adhered too. Today it is not at all possible to say exactly when the first smoking figures appeared.
The Smoky Menalso known as Smokers or in Germany as Räuchermänn, have become a Christmas tradition in many countries. Now the lovely incense burning smokers are available in many styles and designs for throughout the year.
Other Smokers: Smoky Houses and Mushroom Smokers are a couple of alternatives to the traditional Smoky Men and can also be used all year round.