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An antique boxed set of woolly stick leg sheep and shepherd figures from Germany, circa 1905 - 1915. The sheep are often used in Christmas putz village or Nativity scenes, though they were marketed as toys.
Inside the excelsior straw filled box are three sheep, 2-1/4 inches high by about the same in length. They have clay or composition bodies covered in real wool and painted carved wood stick legs. The heads are painted ceramic or bisque. They still have their red and blue ribbon collars. The sheep are quite clean considering their age. Ears and snouts are all intact with no nicks or chipping. The eye paint of one has faded considerably, and the red nose paint has a little wear on all three. All of the fragile legs are intact.
The hand painted clay or ceramic shepherd figure is about 3-1/2 inches high. He has no chips or damage.
The 5 by 6 inch box is in wonderful condition for its age, with a nice litho printed pastoral sheep herding scene pasted to the lid. The original red color has of course faded over the years. A label reading Made in Germany is affixed to the left side lid flap. I'm not sure how many figures there were originally but the box doesn't look like it would hold more than one or two more.
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