Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Tree Stands

I thought I would share with you some old metal Christmas tree stands that I would find at markets while living in Germany. The one on the right has candle wax that needs removed. These tree stands make wonderful candle holders. My photo of the stand in the back doesn't clearly show the angel's faces that screw down the tree. I believe that is a really old one. They were getting more difficult to find and I never see them in antique shops here.

44 comments:

Stitched With Prayer said...

I love the tree stands, they are so beautiful. I love things like that and could easily become a 'hoarder' if I didn't watch myself. Thanks so much showing us these treasures.

luv2quilt2 said...

I love your tree stands. What beautiful decorations they would make. Since all of my trees are artificial, I do my best to hid the stand and the trunk of the tree.

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Tree stands. I have a large super heavy red one that's similar, but I don't usually get a tree that large anymore. I stick to a small fake tree, easier to manage.

Pat said...

You have some lovely treasures.

Carol said...

My grandparents had one just like the square one...thanks for the memories.

Linda said...

Haven't seen one of these for years and years. Thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

Those are fascinating......thanks for showing them. I had totally forgotten about those heavy metal ones. You are lucky to have collected some of them!

katie said...

Your tree stands are marvelous, so happy to view them.

Puddle of Grace said...

oooohhh! Love 'em! I had a friend when we lived in Germany that collected them back in 2004... they are getting harder to find.
Charlene

yellowfarmhouse said...

Dang those are so pretty, what a great thing to have as a memory of your time across the pond. I've never seen anything like those and they sure would look great in the farmhouse, I'm just sayin, lol.

Hugs - Karen

Millie said...

Love the 3 tree stands from Germany...do they work? I have not seen any of those stands. I use artificial trees and do not have to worry about a tree stand.

Karen said...

I never thought of collecting Christmas tree stands. I have never seen fancy ones like that.

Kaaren said...

Any one of them will do as my Christmas present, Mary.

A gal can dream...can't she?

All kidding aside, they're gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Cara said...

Those are lovely. Since Germany is where the whole indoor Christmas tree is from, having immigrated to England, and the rest of of the Empire, with Prince Albert in the 19th century, it is not surprising the older metal style would be found more in Germany.
Yours really are pretty.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

WoolenSails said...

Those are beautiful stands, never thought to look for things like that for my small trees.

Debbie

Rae Ann said...

How cute are those! I wish they had them here.

Barb said...

Those are lovely, a shame to hide them under a tree....but I am sure you use them to show off their beauty.

Kathleen said...

i really love those...you have a great eye for these things

Gayle said...

Those are awesome! You probably already know this, but the easiest way to remove the wax is to put it in the freezer for a couple hours. Then it will pop right out (or off)

Salem Stitcher said...

I have never seen such. They are beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Beatiful and obviously very well made. Why is everything today disposable? Clever using them as candle holders.

Lori said...

What unique treasures!!! They really are a piece of art.

Tam said...

Very pretty!

Fiesta said...

Mary they are so unique and interesting. I need a new stand for my tree and I definetly will consider looking for some like that.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I've never seen anything like that -- they're beautiful!

call me crazy said...

How lovely! I never thought of using candles in them~ I'm sure it is beautiful. Lucky you to have such a great trio! :-)

rebecca said...

These are beautiful. Real treasures indeed. Your pictures make me want to go dig out mine however mine are plain yet beautiful too. I love the old antique metal items. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG I love those tree stands. They are soooo neat looking. Thanks for sharing!!
And I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
Hugs

Cindy said...

Oh my, I love these, Mary. I know I've seen a couple before - from older relatives. Just love them.
They're treasures.

Heidi said...

Love these! Last year they had reproduction tree stands like this for sale in a discount store. I was tempted but left it there. Do you ever miss being over here in Europe?

I am so glad you liked your coasters. I hope the Christmas cheer I sewed into them will reach out to you when you use them this Christmas!

Hugs ~
Heidi

*karendianne. said...

Wow! These are totally neat. I've never seen anything like this before. Thanks for sharing these. This is the kind of thing that makes "The Spirit of Christmas" to me.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, those are so neat. I have never seen any of those while I have been antique shopping. They look like they don't hold big trees.
Thanks for sharing those with us.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Lovely!

Cathi said...

Those tree stands are true treasures! How gorgeous and so different!

Barb said...

very cool collection - Thanks for the photo. I have a 40's stand, that isn't nearly as pretty.
barb

Rebecca P said...

Your tree stands are so pretty, & what a clever idea to use them as candle holders.

Karen said...

Just beautiful!

Kim said...

This is a first for me, too. Who knew such ornate tree stands exist. They would be real cute with an artificial tree in one, but the candle holder idea I like! Thanks for sharing this with us, Mary.

Stephanie D. said...

I've never seen anything like those--and apparently never will, if they're that hard to come by!

Nicole said...

That is a fascinating collection! Isn't it interesting how much more decorative they are than the sort of tree stand that is available now.

The Quilt Buddy said...

You always have the most amazing collections! They are all unique and they seem to give your house a warm, inviting feeling.

Do you use the Christmas tree stands for anything else? I would really love the one with the angels on it!

MMouse sends his love!

Libby said...

Oh my - your stands are just beautiful. Such a treasure to have from your travels.

kcenya1950 said...

my goodness, those are terrific. i have never seen anything quite like them