For those of you familiar with my reviews you know I collect St. Nicholas and/or Sinterklaas figurines. I am always amazed at what there is out there if you look hard enough, thank goodness for internet searches and ebay!
Department 56 has several pieces that matched my description search and I recently found this piece called The Finishing Touch #56306 which is an accessory piece to the Alpine Village Collection. I found it on Ebay, in mint condition and in the original box for only $12.50. When checking the price of this piece on a retired Dept 56 website they were asking $50.00 so I was pleased with my ebay find!
I like this piece as it is only 2-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches and is now the smallest piece in my collection. The Finishing Touch was introduced by Dept 56 in 2002 and retired in 2004. The colors are beautiful and the detail is amazing. I have my little St. Nicholas complete with red cloak, his mitre hat and gold staff. The Bavarian looking artist is standing back looking at his work of art and pondering whether he needs to add anything to his creation. It looks perfect to me!
I hope Department 56 never stops making their beautiful villages and accessories.