Incense Smokers from the Erzgebirge

 Incense smokers from the Erzgebirge have many names. 'Smoker' or 'Smoking Man' are just a couple of examples of these. There is a long tradition of producing them in Seiffen. They come in many different variations, some of which have very little to do with traditional incense smokers. But we cannot now imagine Christmas in the Erzgebirge without them.

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The History of Incense Smokers in the Erzgebirge

The first incense smokers to be turned on a lathe in the Seiffen region are thought to have been produced around 1850. The toymakers used as their first motifs a chimney sweep, a night-watchman and a postman.

 

Characters, therefore, from the local working population. With pipes in their mouths, they are an embodiment of good humor. Smoking a pipe after work was a daily ritual in many households.

 

The original demand for wooden products quickly declined when plastic toys arrived on the market. It was not until the middle of the 20th century that incense smokers found themselves once again in demand. During the time of the GDR they were produced in state-owned enterprises (VEB) or cooperatives. They were an export success, not only abroad but also in West Germany. In the GDR itself these highly coveted little men were very hard to come by as practically nothing was available on the open market.

 

All this changed with the reunification of Germany. Toymakers were no longer told what they had to manufacture and could finally give their creativity free rein. This led to a great number of new characters and forms.

 

How do incense smokers work?

Incense smokers are usually comprised of two parts. The hollow upper body can be lifted off revealing a small metal plate inside. First take an incense cone and light it. Then place the incense cone on the metal plate and replace the upper body of the smoker. The smoke coming out of the figure’s mouth gives it the appearance of smoking.

 

Incense cones

The first incense cones always smelled of frankincense. This arose from its use in church and the Christmas story with the Three Wise Men. Incense cones are usually made from charcoal, potato flour, sandalwood and red beech flour. Fragrance is then added to this standard mixture. Today there are countless fragrances to choose from, some of which have nothing to do with Christmas.

 

Incense cones come in three sizes:

  • Mini incense cones up to 20mm
  • Standard incense cones 20 - 30mm
  • Large incense cones from 30mm
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  • Knox Incense - Baked Apple Knox Incense - Baked Apple Knox Incense - Baked Apple Knox Incense - Baked Apple Knox Incense - Baked Apple

    Knox Incense - Baked Apple

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Baked Apple * Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00BAID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Brandy Punch Knox Incense - Brandy Punch Knox Incense - Brandy Punch Knox Incense - Brandy Punch Knox Incense - Brandy Punch

    Knox Incense - Brandy Punch

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Brandy Punch * Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number:...

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Roasted Almond Knox Incense - Roasted Almond Knox Incense - Roasted Almond Knox Incense - Roasted Almond Knox Incense - Roasted Almond

    Knox Incense - Roasted Almond

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Roasted Almond* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00MAID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Chocolate Knox Incense - Chocolate Knox Incense - Chocolate Knox Incense - Chocolate Knox Incense - Chocolate

    Knox Incense - Chocolate

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Chocolate* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00SCHID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch

    Knox Incense - Hot Wine Punch

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Hot Wine Punch* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00GWID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Gingerbread Knox Incense - Gingerbread Knox Incense - Gingerbread Knox Incense - Gingerbread Knox Incense - Gingerbread

    Knox Incense - Gingerbread

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Gingerbread* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00LKID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Orange Knox Incense - Orange Knox Incense - Orange Knox Incense - Orange Knox Incense - Orange

    Knox Incense - Orange

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Orange* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00ORID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Vanilla Knox Incense - Vanilla Knox Incense - Vanilla Knox Incense - Vanilla Knox Incense - Vanilla

    Knox Incense - Vanilla

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Vanilla* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00VAID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Sandalwood Knox Incense - Sandalwood Knox Incense - Sandalwood Knox Incense - Sandalwood Knox Incense - Sandalwood

    Knox Incense - Sandalwood

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Sandlewood* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00SID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Christmas Knox Incense - Christmas Knox Incense - Christmas Knox Incense - Christmas Knox Incense - Christmas

    Knox Incense - Christmas

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Christmas* Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00WDID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Honey Knox Incense - Honey Knox Incense - Honey Knox Incense - Honey Knox Incense - Honey

    Knox Incense - Honey

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Honey * Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number: 146/00HID

    $8.95
  • Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh

    Knox Incense - Frankincense Myrrh

    Light the incense cones at the tip and let them fade on a fireproofsurface under supervision. FEATURES* 24 pieces* Fragrance: Frankincense Myrrh * Size of an incense candle: 25mm Dimensions: 1,10 cm x 2,80 cm x 1,10 cm Item number:...

    $8.95
  • Mini Baker Mini Baker Mini Baker Mini Baker Mini Baker

    Mini Baker

    This baker is ideal as a small gift.FEATURES* Incense figure Baker* matt lacquered wood* please use mini incense cones (15mm) ATTENTION Please use small incense cones in the dimension 1.5cm to 2cm!  article dimensions height: 12,00...

    $48.50
  • Hand-Carved Räuchermann Holzmichel

    Hand-Carved Räuchermann Holzmichel

    Lift off the body of the wooden michel, light the incense and place it on the small metal plate inside the male. Put the body back on and the smoker begins to smoke.FEATURES* Smoker *Holzmichel* natural carved

    $115.00
  • Policeman Policeman

    Policeman

    Lift the policeman's body. Light the incense at the tip and place it on the small metal plate, put the body back on and the figure smokes.Suitable for standard incense cones.FEATURES * Policeman* with many delightful details* for incense incense up...

    $120.00
  • Witch

    Witch

    The body of the witch is lifted off, you burn the incense at the tip and place it on the small metal plate, put the body back on and already the figure smokes.FEATURES* Incense figure* Witch * Delightful details* for incense up to 25mmWARNINGIncense...

    $147.00
  • Night Watchman

    Night Watchman

    Lift the body of the Night Watchman, light the incense at the tip and place it on the small metal plate inside. Put the body back on and the figure smokes.FEATURES* Smoker* coloured glazed* Night Watchman* for incense cones up to 25mmWARNINGIncense...

    $160.00
  • 'Yvonne' 'Yvonne' 'Yvonne'

    'Yvonne'

    Like a hot cup of coffee, the smoke of the incense candle rises from the elaborately designed porcelain cup.The heroes of the popular Danish film series 'Olsen Gang' exist as Erzgebirge incense smokers!Benny with his always too short trousers, the chubby...

    $168.00
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