Memorable moments for the joy of Christmas: Antiques by Yenke Peddler

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Merry Christmas everyone! Hopefully the merry will find its rightful place this year as we come together again.

Years ago, minstrels and mummers brought merriment by singing and dancing across town on Christmas. Today, this tradition has been culturally adapted, as the settlers preferred a more respectful observance for such a religious day.

Music has always played a central role in the holidays, however, as hand-cranked music boxes, symphonies, and vocal performers each brought their gifts of harmony.

Musical instruments are not just collector’s items, they are part of history. Today, their value is increased by proper adjustment and maintenance.

For example, the Regina music box has an amazing disc with intricately cut patterns. When played on the turntable, these implemented notches produce the most memorable sounds. These are quite expensive today when in good working order, but also a heirloom.

The bells are also a musical keepsake, and the songbirds not only sang, but also offered wing movements. On the affordable price side, musical jewelry boxes are always popular and add a bit of fun when opened.

Speaking of “open,” we’re lucky to have “Mr. Christmas” here in Cleveland! Bill Hixson of Hixsons in Lakewood has been doing his Christmas decorator duty at the White House for decades. He has a boutique amazing filled with ornaments, antiques, stationery and nostalgia that everyone loves A trip down memory lane is good for the soul – stop by and say hello!

Hello Brenda,

This miniature sculpture has been in the family for a long time. The base reads as follows: “Made in Switzerland”. I thought the Black Forest prints were German. Also, I would like to know the value.


Hi Phil,

The Black Forest region is in Germany, near the French border. It was named for the landscape. Very tall trees are everywhere in this vast forest, with only a glimmer of light reaching the ground. Your Swiss sculpture originates from the Brienz region in Switzerland. Dating back to the 1800s, the highly talented sculptors were known for their skill and dedication. Famous families such as the Hugglers and the Trauffers have been honored for their work. Your sculpture carries the weight of a larger piece, made with skill and appeal. It is valued at $ 125.

If you have an item to review, send a clear image with the history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and information requests for Brenda to review at [email protected].

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