Just as we enjoy decorating Darlington House with vintage ornaments and decorations at Christmastime, so we collect vintage decorations to display at other holidays, too, including Easter.
I first started collecting these little toy lambs and sheep shortly after we bought Darlington, in the late 1990s. I believe they were made in Germany in the first decades of the twentieth century. I've seen them sold in their original boxed sets, sometimes accompanied by a shepherd, but I've bought mine in singles and pairs. I've found them in group shops and at antiques shows. They are quite small, with the littlest ones standing no more than an inch tall, and the largest one I have around four inches tall.
I like to put these lambs and sheep out at Easter, in a flock, as I have them displayed here in this photograph. I think they are quite charming, and I am really rather fond of them.
Tell me, what do you collect and display in your house at Easter?
Photograph by Boy Fenwick