101583 | GERMANY. St. Nicholas/Christmastime cast iron uniface Plaque.
101583 | GERMANY. St. Nicholas/Christmastime cast iron uniface Plaque. Issued 1929 (88mm x 144mm, 237.50 g). By K. Roth for Lauchhammer.
St. Nicholas, holding crozier, and small angel, holding Christmas tree over shoulder, standing facing one another among the clouds; stars above; below, bird's eye view of numerous factories / Blank, though a minor hanger is present near the top for suspension. Edge: Plain.
Ehling 90. Essentially as made. Deep graphite gray surfaces, with lighter highlights.
Despite the rather industrial and busy scenery presented in the lower portion of this art plaque, the more tranquil nature of the holiday comes through with the appearance of St. Nick as well as the Christmas tree ready to be decorated. Even more busy than the factories, however, would have been the turbulent nature of the times at which this plaque was made, as the post-WWI economic chaos in Germany was leading into the global fallout of the Great Depression, all while being just a few years from the rise of Nazism and then the outbreak of WWII.
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