Victorian Chimney Sweep Ornament
An ornament in which children delight, the idea which comes from Germany, is a jolly little black chimney sweep, with his funny broom held high in the air. He wears a peaked white hat and carries a bag filled with goodies. He is made entirely of prunes (Fig. 6) - one for the head, two for the body, one for each arm, one for each hand, two for each leg, and one for each foot. The prunes are strung together with a coarse needle and thread. If, when made, he is too limber, give him a backbone by running a slender, stick through the back of his head and body. Give him a paper hat shaped like a wide-mouthed horn, and make a paper face; then tie the sheer white bag across his shoulders, fasten it at the side with a pin and fill the bag with sweets; the broom can be fashioned of a wooden toothpick with a bunch of broom straws bound on one end. The happy child who receives him from the tree may devour the prunes when tired of the toy.
FROM: "CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS, Good to Eat & Good to Look Upon". From "The Delineator" December 1901.