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Why the W&K Angels are more valuable than other German Angels
Why the W&K Angels are more valuable than other German Angels is due to the rich history behind them and the way they are being copied. They say imitation is the best compliment and many manufactures in Germany and other part of the world like to place dots and stars on the wings of the angels just as all Wendt & Kuhn Angels have had since the beginning.
At this time there are three other German angel collectible shops open in the area around Seiffen Germany in competition with each other and chasing the Wendt & Kuhn Angels reputation for top quality. These are the Richard Glaesser, Mueller and Erzgebirge shops.
While the Richard Glaesser shop has been in business for almost as long as Wendt & Kuhn, they do not specialize in wooden angels. They have branched out into many different items that they offer their customers. They have 130 employees that work at three different facilities. They produce over 800 products that are mostly pyramids’, arches with some figurines that resemble wooden toy soldiers that are simple to make. Now compare that to the 180 workers from Wendt & Kuhn Angels that only produce 400 different products. More people to work on fewer items that are all similar bring perfection to the Wendt & Kuhn Angels.
The Dregeno shop does have a longer history than the Wendt & Kuhn Angels by opening their shop nearly 400 years ago. Since their humble beginning they have grown extensively. Today they have over 4000 different products to their line of collectables that include the nutcracker, ornaments, pyramids, smokers, arches miniature buildings with lights, music boxes and of course Angels. Once again their production has gone large scale which has maximized their profits, but as with all large corporations, the attention to detail a small shop can maintain is no longer present.
The Erzgebirge Palace is more of a congratulate of many different smaller shops that have banded together to gain recognition. In this group there are only a few that make wooden angels for collections. This includes Mueller Kleinkunst. They opened their doors in 1899 that started with toys made from match boxes. The angels were not added to the production line until after 1963 when the third generation of Mueller took over the operations at the plant. While their angels are very nice, they resemble the plain Richard Glaesser type. Unfortunately some of the production has is being done by third parties that help them achieve a product line of over 5000 items.
With all this to think about, it is no wonder the Wendt & Kuhn Angels are the most sought after and cherished of all the German made angels in production today. This is why the W&K Angels are more valuable than other German Angels; they are still made the same way as when the company first started back in 1915. Each one is hand crafted by a German artesian with pride and care.
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