Belsnickel:  19th C. North America

This dour character, derived from 'Pelznickel' (Nicholas in Furs), was introduced to North America by German immigrants. He would visit German households anytime during advent with his switches for bad boys and girls and treats for the good ones.
Belsnickel figurines, with their characteristic tall, pointed hoods and stern faces, were imported from Germany in the form of toys, decorations & chocolate moulds. They are now collectors' items.
The Belsnickel chocolate moulds are now used to create papier mache or chalkware figurines which are then hand painted.

16" (40.5 cm) - $189
28" (71 cm) - $415 (by order only)
Belsnickel in long burgundy coat with pointed hood