What wonderful memories these wee little mushrooms conjure - magical Christmases, good luck wishes, and, let us not forget the gnomes who must use these for tables and umbrellas!
Made from hard composition material in the mid-20th century, these wee little mushrooms are quite detailed - from the white dots atop their caps to the tiny speckled spores beneath.
These arrive much like flower stamens - there are 2 mushrooms per stem. Each package contains 3 stems, for a total of 6 wee little brown topped amanita mushrooms.
The caps measure about 5mm in diameter and from the top of the cap to the point at which the stem of the mushroom meets the wire stem, it measures about 5/8 inch. There will be some variation as these are handmade.
These pretty mushrooms might really be toadstools, not to be eaten in the wild - and, our spun cotton version should not be eaten either! It is rumored that Santa's reindeer pranced around in a flying frenzy after eating these little beauties, allowing them to help Santa travel throughout the world and deliver presents.
Amanita mushrooms are considered good luck in many cultures, especially in Germany. You'll often see them pictured with gnomes, elves and fairies in children's literature.