Johann Claus (Switzerland)
Click on the picture then scroll down to access more pictures.
Johann Claus (Switzerland)
Released in 2015
Only 100 Issued
Designed and Painted by Mary Jo Gross from Aloha, OR
Original Carving by Rob Francis
All our collectibles are 100% Made in the USA
Approximately 7" tall
Everyone always talks about Johann's beautiful beard. Especially in his hometown of Juf, Switzerland. The highest town in Europe. Johann's farm is located just up the hill from town, making his home the highest home in Europe. Every winter he builds a snowman on the hill near his house for all of Avers valley to enjoy. He's trained Stoffel, his pet red robin, to carry small candy canes to the children of Juf on Christmas morning.
Since 2013, each of our Old World Santas have had one of the most important documents in western civilization embedded into the center of each one. We fold up and encase into the center of each Santa, a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is the bedrock of individual liberty and defines what is unique and, well... let's face it, great about America. We find it particularly befitting since we are, after all... Great AMERICAN Collectibles.
SOME GREAT AMERICAN HISTORY:
The artistry of our pieces has been stepped up tremendously since 2011. From 1988 (when the line started) to 2010, our pieces had a more simple, folk art (almost spartan) look to the artistry. However, since 2011, with the help of one of the most amazing artist I've ever worked with, Mary Jo Gross, we stepped up the look to an incredibly detailed presentation. Her work is jaw-dropping gorgeous, while still maintaining its folk art roots. Although the artistry is much more detailed and distinct than our old style of painting, they all still have the folk art carved appearance that we have all come to know and love about Great American Collectibles. But the time it takes now, to paint just one Santa, is orders of magnitude more than the older method. Hence the higher price points. But along with the higher price point comes a piece of art that retains even more value as time marches on. And with the addition, this year, of the copper base and story chip.... well... Our Santas are unparalleled in the collectible space. We hope you enjoy them for years to come.
He's brand new, in the original box with all the original accessories including his wooden, laser engraved base and story "chip".
Depending on timing in relation to Christmas, your order will come via USPS Ground or Priority Shipping. If you wish to have it sent outside the US, purchase the item at the listed price and then tell us where you need to have it sent in the comments during your purchase. We'll come to a mutually agreeable additional price and solidify the purchase. If we don't come to an agreement, we'll just cancel the purchase and you won't be charged or will be refunded.