Adding the Traditional Toy Soldier to Your Christmas Tree
It is hard to even picture a traditional vintage Christmas scene without the inclusion of a wooden toy soldier, either as a Christmas nutcracker, as part of the The Nutcracker ballet, or as a toy or ornament for a Christmas tree. Any Christmas tree that is filled with vintage or antique Christmas ornaments should have at least one toy soldier hanging from the tree or guarding the presents at the base of the tree.
Vintage and antique toy soldiers are not as easy to find as you might think, however, so if you come across one at a garage sale, vintage shop, or online that is in good condition, you should snatch it up right away. You may have better luck looking for wooden toy soldiers as antique nutcrackers because of the popularity of the The Nutcracker ballet over time.
Nevertheless, the wooden toy soldier ornament can be found with some searching in wood, and also in some other materials like paper mache, and plastic. If you are a traditionalist, wood is really the only material that will work for you.
For that reason, I have listed the vintage wood toy soldier ornaments first below. I am sure that they go quickly online, so if you want one, don’t wait.
Vintage Wooden Toy Soldier Christmas Ornaments
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Vintage Porcelain Toy Soldier Christmas Ornament
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Searching Ebay for Vintage Toy Soldiers
You will note that if you search Ebay for vintage toy Christmas ornaments, that there are not a lot of choices, but you can find toy soldier ornaments in wood, plastic, felt, and sometimes porcelain.
I recommend searching for vintage Christmas ornaments, then narrowing it down by type. If you take a look at this picture to the right, these were finds at a vintage shop. The soldiers are plastic, but in beautiful condition. It is hard to pass up finds like these.
If you are not satisfied with the picture on Ebay, you can ask the seller for more pictures or a better description.
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Soldier Nutcracker OrnamentRed and Green Toy Soldier Christmas OrnamentThe Rockettes Toy Soldier Christmas OrnamentSpode Christmas Tree Toy Soldier OrnamentDepartment 56 Nutcracker Toy Soldier Ornament3.75″RESIN U.S. ARMY SANTASteinbach Toy SoldierU.S. Marines Kurt Adler Glass Hoodie OrnamentLenox Toy Soldier Surprise OrnamentRadko Toy Soldier OrnamentLenox Nutcracker Soldier Metal OrnamentHalf Toy Soldier – Life SizeHallmark 2003 Nutcracker OrnamentReed & Barton C5014 Toy Soldier Ornament
Vintage Toy Soldier Christmas Ornaments Made from Fabric
From time to time, you will also come across fabric toy soldier ornaments, made from felt, spun cotton, or flocked. Soldiers will be shown alone, or sometimes with musical instruments like a horn, or drum.
Vintage Toy Soldier Christmas Ornaments from Japan
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Vintage Toy Soldier Nutcrackers
If you don’t like the selection of vintage toy soldier Christmas ornaments, you may be better off searching for a vintage toy soldier Christmas nutcracker instead. There are some really interesting wooden and cast iron vintage toy soldier nutcrackers available from Ebay sellers. I have listed just a few of them below.
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If you need more information about vintage or antique Christmas decorations or home decor, the resources below have a lot of information about collecting including pricing, how to find what you are looking for, what you might find. Another resource to check are vintage and antique dealers in your area or online for recommendations and help.
Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and ValuesChristmas Ornaments, Lights and Decorations: Collector’s Identification & Value GuideChristmas: 1960-Present: A Collectors Guide to Decorations and CustomsChristmas Ornaments, Lights and Decorations: A Collector’s Identification and Value GuideChristmas Ornaments, Lights, and Decorations: Collector’s Identification & Value Guide, Volume 3Silver Christmas Ornaments: A Collector’s GuideHallmark Keepsake Ornament Value Guide, Second Edition: 1973-2006Hallmark keepsake ornaments: A collector’s guideHallmark Keepsake Ornaments: Warman’s CompanionChristmas Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Decorations, Christmas Ornaments and MoreThe Glass Christmas Ornament: Old and New- A Collector’s Compendium and Price Guide