Christmas Tree Candles and Candle Clips – Shop Specializes in the Little-Known and Hard-to-Find Philadelphia-based Christmas Gifts from Germany is spotlighting a line of classic vintage Christmas tree candle lights and Christmas tree candle holders for eco-shoppers, collectors and design geeks.
News-Antique.com - Nov 27,2013 - Christmas Tree Candles and Candle Holders: Our grandparents grew up with them, expats who bring them over from the old country know and love them, Pinterest-lovers pin them, and home design scouts are beginning to discover them.
But ask the average shopper about Christmas candle lights and you’ll get a puzzled look.
Our ancestors decorated their Christmas trees with candles for centuries. But Christmas tree candles gradually fell below the radar, starting in the 1920s, when NOMA, Edison and other producers lowered the price of electric Christmas lights and won over consumers.
Christmas tree candles are on a comeback course. Finding a product that has been nearly extinct for niney years isn't easy. But shop owner Tom Conrad sources the vintage Christmas tree candle holders directly from Germany.
His web store is a low-tech refuge for shoppers who are looking for alternatives to LED Christmas lights and incandescent Christmas tree lights.
“We work with a small family-owned producer in Bavaria. It's the only one left that still makes Christmas candle clips and pendulum candle holders that are true to the original designs,” said Conrad, who knows the owners and has visited the village where they are located.
“It’s a small, craft-scale process. The candle holders are cut and formed on traditional die machines and assembled in a series of steps. The design is simple, yet ingenious,“ he added.
The Christmas Gifts from Germany product line includes:
o Clip-On Christmas Tree Candle Holder or Candle Clip, which fastens to the limb and includes a wax catcher and adjustable base. The clip on candle holders are available in four designs, in silver and gold.
o Pendulum Christmas Tree Candle Holder A hanging candle holder with a stem that loops over the limb and a counterweight to keep the candle upright. Available with a star weight or ball weight in silver or gold.
o Pendulum Christmas Tree Votive Candle Holder Similar to the regular pendulum holder, but made for a votive candle. Avaliable in silver or gold.
o Christmas Tree Candles Specialty candles from Germany made expressly to fit Christmas candle holders: Available in red and white.
The shop christmasgiftsfromgermany dot com also features a gallery of vintage and historic Christmas photos as well a collection of Christmas tree candle holder patents.