RARE ANTIQUE SAINT NICHOLAS AND BLACK PETER CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE MOLDS. MADE BY VORMENFABIEK TILBURG, HOLLAND. 1- 36 COUNT IRON TRAY 24 -ST. NICHOLAS AND 12 - BLACK PETER MOLDS 18 1/2 " L X 7 3/4 " W X 5/8 D. MARKINGS P 4560617 9 VORMENFABIEK TILBURG HOLLAND 62.
Pit ; English: Black Pete or Black Peter, Luxembourgish: Schwaarze Péiter, Indonesian : Pit Hitam is the companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch : Sinterklaas , Luxembourgish : Kleeschen, Indonesian : Sinterklas) in the folklore of the Low Countries. The character first appeared in an 1850 book by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman. Traditionally, Zwarte Piet is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain.  Those portraying Zwarte Piet typically put on blackface make-up and colourful Renaissance attire, in addition to curly wigs, red lipstick, and earrings.In recent years, the character has become the subject of controversy, especially in the Netherlands. The Zwarte Piet character is part of the annual feast of St. Nicholas, celebrated on the evening of 5 December Sinterklaasavond, that is, St.
Nicholas' Eve in the Netherlands, Aruba, and Curaçao, and on 6 December in Belgium, when presents and accompanying sweets are distributed to children.  The characters of Zwarte Pieten appear only in the weeks before Saint Nicholas's feast, first when the saint is welcomed with a parade as he arrives in the country (generally by boat, having traveled from Madrid, Spain).
The tasks of the Zwarte Pieten are mostly to amuse children, and to scatter kruidnoten , pepernoten , and Strooigoed (special Sinterklaas sweets) for those who come to meet the saint as he visits schools, stores, and other places. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Baking Accs. & Cake Decorating\Sugarcraft & Chocolate Molds".
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