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Chimney sweep costume

Posted On November 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm by / 4 Comments

                                          Chimney sweep costume

   The chimney sweep is a craftsman who takes care of chimneys. Earlier when there was no central heating, electric and gas heaters, electric radiators, air conditioners and other heat sources, people heated their homes with the means of wood and coal, so chimny seweeps were often called to help clean the chimneys. Chimney sweeps with his brush mounted on a long rope cleaned chimneys  and at the same time collected soot that had hindered burning stoves or wood.

     Chimney sweeps also had a heavy iron ball mounted on cables which also cleaned the chimneys of the items that were on fire.

     Today, chimney sweeps are still operating, as venting systems for coal, heating oil, natural gas, wood and pellet burning appliances need to be maintained.

Good luck omen

     In Great Britain it is considered lucky for a bride to see a chimney sweep on her wedding day. Many modern British sweeps hire themselves out to attend weddings in pursuance of this tradition.In Germany, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia chimney sweeps still wear the traditional all-black uniform with a black hat. It is considered good luck to rub or grasp one of your buttons if you pass one in the street.

     As a Lucky symbol, depictions of chimney sweeps are a popular New Year’s gift in Germany; either as small ornaments attached to flower bouquets or candy, e.g. marzipan chimney sweeps. Their traditional uniform is an all black suit with golden jacket buttons and a black tophat.преузимање


4 thoughts on “Chimney sweep costume

  1. I totally forgot on this profession. Dressing up in a chimney sweep is very easy. I think I’ll be chimney sweep at the next masquerade. 😀

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