You know those well-worn boxes in your parents’ or grandparents’ attic holding beloved family Christmas decorations, strings of lights and maybe a tree stand? Resist the urge to purge. Many of those finds can be valuable, including the tree stand itself.  Early 20th-century cast-iron or steel tree stands are nothing like today’s simple stands. Late 19th century and early 20th century stands come in unique shapes, like a tree trunk, a vibrant red Santa head, and a cast-iron standing Santa in red robes with a space in his back to hold a feather tree. Some made in the late 1870s were made to revolve the tree and play Christmas music.

The first U.S. patents for Christmas tree stands were issued in 1876 to Abram Mott and Hermann Albrecht of Philadelphia. The stands were modeled after iron stands used for flagpoles.  Those early stands are rare. Another manufacturer was Martin Merk, who patented a tree stand in 1891. Merk’s name and the date of the patent can be found on his cast-iron stands.

antique tree trunk christmas tree stand

Tree trunk shaped Christmas tree holder, 8 x 13 in., $40.
Photo: Mid-Hudson Auction Galleries

santa and sleigh mid 20th century vintage christmas tree stand

Christmas tree stand with Santa, sleigh full of toys and reindeer, lights around rim, label marked Noma Tree Stand on bottom, 14 in. w., $175.
Photo: Tremont Auctions

early 20th century cast iron christmas tree stand with santa masks

Cast iron Christmas tree stand with Santa masks, early 20th century, 5 x 10 3/4 in., $175.
Photo: Schmitt Horan & Co.

santa claus cast iron christmas tree stand

Cast iron Christmas tree stand, Santa holding tree, 10 x 8 in., $1,400.
Photo: Bertoia Auctions

noma illuminated christmas tree stand

Lighted Christmas tree stand, Santa with bells, enameled steel, tripod base, Noma, 20 in. dia., $80.
Photo: Bunch Auctions

early 20th century cast iron decorated christmas tree stand

Cast iron Christmas tree stand, painted decoration, early 20th century, 5 1/2 x 14 in., $45.
Photo: Keystone Auctions LLC

cast iron vintage christmas tree stand

Vintage cast iron tree stand, 5 1/2 x 12 in., $90.
Photo: Palm Springs Estate Company

antique cast iron gold christmas tree stand

Antique Christmas tree stand, cast iron with original gold paint, 5 x 13 1/2 in., $38.
Photo: Donny Malone Auctions



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