We have long been enchanted by scraps and die cuts. Our giant Krampus Devil** and his miniature doppelganger carry their switches for punishment as well as pitchforks and chains.
These matching early 20th century scraps are vibrantly and superbly printed and trimmed. The colors bring their frightening and comic traits to view for us all to see. Better be nice, not naughty!
The huge scrap and the miniature one both are quite imposing. Unlike many scraps of the era, they are not embossed. There is a sheen to the front sides that accents the vibrancy.
There is some very little wear on either of them. This is amazing for such a large specimen. The large one measures 11-1/2 inches tall by 4-5/16 inches wide. His smaller companion measures 4-1/4 inches tall by 1-9/16 wide.
** From SilverCrow's More Info:
Devils and diablos are most often associated with Hallowe'en, but the Krampus Devil is a companion to Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus). Together they visited the children of Austria and Germany at Christmastime. While St. Nick rewarded the good children with candy and fruit and tiny treasures, the Krampus left switches fro the less well-behaved so that their parents might spank them!
For those children considered beyond repair, worse was in store from the Krampus: they might be shackled or perhaps even snatched up by the Krampus and trotted off to hell! This unkindly fellow is not present in modern American celebrations of the Yuletide. However, there are some families that have brought other dark old Christmas traditions from their European heritage lands that are similar to the story of our quintessential bogie man - the Krampus. Because of his kidnapping predication for bad children, he is most often represented by a devil-like figure - but he is never 100% scary. He often exhibits comical traits as well as frightening ones. In any case, he will encourage children to be nice rather than naughty - that's for sure!