If this next offering does not bring primitive Christmas cheer and gaiety to your homestead, I don't know what will! This gathering includes everything in the carrier and is ready to set out as soon as you receive it! How's that for convenience!!?
I found this wonderful carrier boasting chocolate brown paint with fabulous surface wear and immediately visualized this with greens for the holidays. At one point this piece had a full handle that formed a circle but because the wood is so thin the handle broke off years ago. You can see the wonderful patina on the ends of the handle that matches the overall wear on this carrier perfectly. This piece still has nice canted form and can certainly be forgiven!
At one point just below the handle this entire piece broke off but has been repaired as referenced in images 11, 12 & 19. This crack is visible on the back but most of it is disguised because of the wood graining, as shown in image 18. Tiny nails were used at the edge of the four corners as referenced in image 14. The same small nails were also used on the back and there is appropriate nail bleed that can be seen in image 24.
An area on both sides of this piece has been cut out to form a slot that accommodates the edge of the middle division very well. This piece is very well made despite the use of thin wood for the handle. I also have a smaller carrier that has this same thin handle and was also broken off at one point but have still enjoyed it for years!
An old chocolate mold was used to fashion this jolly chalk-ware Santa lightly dusted in mica and glitter. He is holding an authentic feather tree with a bag just below. Three tiny bells accent this bag at the top and he is ready for his long journey from the North Pole come Christmas Eve. His beard is soft and his hand painted face sports meticulous work done by a skilled artisan. He comes to you signed and dated.
You will also receive a generous portion of artificial holiday greens, some tipped with snow and berries. I also added magnolia pods and pine cones in this holiday mix. Two very primitive gourds were chosen for a rustic look they bring to this merry scene and are also a part of this gathering.
Lastly, I used an old fluted tart tin and added two small hand ~ made beeswax candles. Tiny buttermilk Prairie flowers fill up the well accented with two wee cones along with a chenille candy cane. The little candle holder can just be positioned on top of the greens where there is a flat spot.
I just want to emphasize that this carrier has the most fabulous wear and can be used after the holidays for either your cookie cutter collections, butter paddles or even guest towels in your bathroom! It is that versatile and a generous size! Just a great primitive piece that will lend so much character to your lovely homestead instantly! Enjoy!
The carrier measures 14 1/2" across, 9 1/4" Deep and stands approximately 5 1/2" Tall including the handle measurement, (2 3/4") without the handle measurement). The Santa stands almost 7 1/2" Tall and the base measurement is 2 1/2" across. The tart tin candle holder is 3 1/4" across the longest point, 2 1/8" Deep and stands 2 3/4" Tall including the candles, 1/2" without the candle measurement. The chenille candy cane is 3" long. The greens vary in size but are at least 7" tall including the stem at the bottom. The two gourds vary in size and stand almost 5" Tall by 2 1/4" Wide.