Christmas Mouse "St. Nicholas"
Standing 3 ½” tall and jointed at the neck and shoulders, St. Nicholas is made of the finest mohair plush with felt details and resin hands and feet. Like all RJW mice, he has a embroidered features, German glass eyes, handsewn whiskers, and a leather tail. He also features a long mohair beard!
St. Nicholas is authentically outfitted in the traditional vestments of a bishop including a lace-trimmed tunic topped by a felt cape lined in polished cotton and edged with wool plush. A gilt-trimmed bishop's mitre sits atop his head and silk-covered shoes adorn his feet. In one hand he holds a 'Crozier' staff handcrafted at the RJW studio out of wood and brass.
“St. Nicholas” is produced in Bennington, Vermont in a worldwide limited edition of 250 numbered pieces. Each will come enclosed in a fine presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.
History of St. Nicholas: The first well-known gift-giver was a true person. Saint Nicholas lived in Myra (now known as Turkey) in about 300 A.D. The only child of a wealthy family, he was orphaned at an early age. He grew up in a monastery and at the age of 17 became one of the youngest ordained priests. Stories tell of his generosity as he gave away his wealth in the form of gifts to the needy, especially children. Legends tell of him dropping bags of gold down chimneys where they landed in stockings hung by the fire to dry. The customs we practice today—most notably that of “Santa Claus”—started from the stories associated with Saint Nicholas.
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