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From the historic view point, this Valentine Santa is unique. The original mould, simply the Belsnickel holding a bag with a teddy bear peeking out and a switch under his arm, was first used to create 2007′s Belsnickel with Teddy in Bag (2007-38) and has since been used in several variations. One year later, Judi created a custom mould based off of this shape for Colonial Williamsburg. Removing the switch and the bag with teddy bear, Judi added a pocket with cloves oranges and an orange clove cone for the Santa Holding Orange Clove Cone (2008-73). This variation of shape has also been reused in the Glimmer Series as the Glimmer Father Christmas with Orange Tree (11073).
Thinking of Valentine’s, Judi immediately thought about the Santa Holding Orange Clove Cone. Looking towards antique Valentine cards originating from Worcester, Massachusetts for inspiration, Judi took to task hand carving each of the orange cloves to transform then into hearts. Hand carved and hand painted, this pink Santa is ready to give you his heart. With a pocket and tray overflowing with hearts, this piece is sure to replace Cupid as a symbol of love, tradition, and quality.
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.