Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

Handmade holiday or Christmas ornament, Santa Claus figure, stands on skis, holds a walking stick or ski pole in left hand, carries a green sack on his back. Wears a red velour coat with green belt and white cotton trim, a red pointed velour cap with white trim, green and black cotton pants. His face is made of plaster, pink painted skin with white eyebrows, white wool beard, and blue dots over white for eyes. Hands are made of pink felt. Skis are soft wood or cardboard painted brown and covered partially with white mica/glitter. Bent wire hook attaches in back to a piece of thread tied around chest. No marks.
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Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
Physical Description
red (overall color)
cloth (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plaster (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
wool (overall material)
white (overall color)
ornament: 1 3/4 in x 5 5/16 in x 5 11/16 in; 4.445 cm x 13.49375 cm x 14.44625 cm
wood part, original ornament hook(?): 1 1/16 in x 1 13/16 in x 1 7/8 in; 2.69875 cm x 4.60375 cm x 4.7625 cm
ornament hook: 1/8 in x 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in; .3175 cm x 1.5875 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Santa Claus
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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