Chimney Sweeps - In Europe, when out on a walk, seeing a chimney sweep is considered good luck - and even greater fortune will be bestowed to you if you see the sweep’s brush emerging out of the top of a chimney. Legend has it that if you touch the sooty clothing of a sweep, it will bring you good luck and prosperity in the future. A gift for the new home owner to bless their hearth and home!
Miners - In the 15th century the discovery of silver and tin ore deposits led to the settlement of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountain Range) and a robust mining industry. As the ore deposits declined, former miners had to look for new ways to feed their families. Many went into wood carving, producing toys and religious figures. Thus, the Erzgebirge region became famous for many wooden folk art traditions including Räuchermänner or smokers, including miners in dress parade uniform