Set of 4 Vintage Oberammergau Wood Figurines. 2 Men and 2 Women, approximately 3.5 inches tall. One man has pipe, umbrella and pocket watch.
Man with hands in pockets carries a cane, but the front portion is broken off. Due to age and being hand-made all have marks, some splits and rough edges, as is the norm. See photos - they are part of the description. Of interest: In Oberammergau, woodcarving has a long tradition. Since as far back as the 12th century, the craftsmanship of woodcarving has been handed down.It was economic necessity which forced the local population to take on this sideline in order to support themselves. While in the beginning this avocation was practiced only in the evenings or during the long winter months, eventually it became the main occupation which involved the whole family.
In the course of the 18th and 19th centuries in the workshops of small family enterprises there evolved the wooden toys which soon reached the all important markets of St. Petersburg, Kopenhagen, Gothenburg, and Drontheim among others.
The town of Oberammergau is in Bavaria, the most south-easterly state in Germany. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Sculptures & Figurines".
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