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NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP SANTA
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Any sailor will tell you that the Nantucket Shoals have gained a reputation for creating rough seas at unpredictable depths, often wrecking ships deviating from the transatlantic shipping lane. The 2014 Nantucket Santa pays homage to a bit of oceanic history: the Nantucket Lightship.
Starting in 1853, the Lightship Nantucket was a lightvessel that helped mark the hazardous Nantucket Shoals and guide ships to safety through its iconic light. Although there were 11 light vessels over the 165-year history, the Lightship 117 is depicted in the turbulent waters around Santa’s feet. On his back is an aerial illustration of the island and, draped over his arm is a replica of a NOAA nautical chart showing the famous shallow waters of the Nantucket Shoals.
Wearing the famous Nantucket Red, this figure is simply detailed with a black anchor for a button and a blue and white seersucker hat. Featured prominently in his hand, a symbol all of the Nantucket Santas share, is a Nantucket basket inspired by Filipino schoolteacher, Jose Formoso Reyes, who is credited with creating the first Nantucket friendship basket in 1948.
This Nantucket Santa is the perfect combination of Christmas tradition with Nautical history that is sure to inspire the start of a new tradition—in winter or summer!
Vaillancourt is a family owned business located in Sutton, Massachusetts and is best known for their handmade and hand painted chalkware figures. These figures are made using vintage and antique chocolate, candy, and ice cream moulds. The Vaillancourt’s have the largest private collection in the USA and have been creating these heirloom masterpieces meant to be passed down from generation to generation since 1984.