A set of 4 themed Christmas decorations for hanging on the tree. These are made primarily of painted wood, and have a rustic, naive feel about them. They are in the form of a toy soldier in his guard box, a Santa sitting in a Xmas tree, a rockinghorse and two children on a sledge. They are extremely simple in design, mostly red and white, with gold painted highlights here and there. They each have a gold twine hanging loop.
They are all part of the western Christmas tradition which started in Victoria’s reign, and which has become embedded in our culture. Prince Albert first popularised the concept of bringing an evergreen tree into the house to decorate at this time of year, and many of the icons we now associate with Christmas come from the 19th century. For instance, the popularity of toy soldiers and rockinghorses as gifts for modern children has completely waned – but because they represent the epitome of excitement for children from Victorian times, they remain as traditional Christmas decorations. Similarly, candy canes, drums, trumpets, train sets, teddies and dolls.
This particular set probably date from the late 20th century.