Thank you again for all the kind words!
TED, this is the first year I’ve had the reindeer off the ground and I was happy with how it all turned out. We have a very steep roof and inconveniently placed trees, so stakes in the ground seemed like my best bet. I did have to drill holes in the deer which I had been very reluctant to do before.
The shrink wrapped candles are by Empire. I love how detailed the little scenes are and the coloring of the flames. I don’t buy many molds on eBay but when I saw these last summer I couldn’t resist. (I paid $64 for the pair in case anyone is curious. Also, one of them is damaged where the flame meets the candle.)
That mark, if it’s not clear enough, reads: 024635, Empire, Tarboro, NC, Made in the USA
I didn’t know much else about them until another pair showed up on eBay recently.
The posting seems outrageous but it includes an image from Empire’s 1991 catalog, which supposedly was the only year they were produced.
(Photo credit: eBay user michael.kratochvil)
I hope this is helpful. I’ll be curious to see what additional information turns up.