****By the way, that's my parents' vintage creche above. Unfortunately, I don't know the actual history of how my parents acquired it. I just remember it from when I was a kid, and I'm happy that I ended up with it.
It's still in pretty good shape. Each figure is made of paper-mache and is marked "Hand Painted in Italy" on the bottom. There are a few figures out of camera range, including the shepherds, two camels, a cow and some sheep.
Various online sources state that sets almost identical to mine (with minor differences in painting details) were produced by Fontanini.
This set (below) is similar to mine, and was identified as being from the 1940s (although I have no way of knowing if that is true). With the exception of color variations, all of the figures match mine, although there is one that I do not have (which is visible behind Mary's head).
This set (below) matches mine as well, although the paint finish is very flat, making it look like some of them have been repainted. I also do not have the donkey.
Here are two figures from the same set (below). I've never been able to figure out what the kneeling guy is doing. Thus, I don't know whether to set him up next to Jesus (if he is presenting him with a gift) or next to the sheep (if he is feeding them).
I've seen this figure in the same pose holding a lamb; I've also read that he's holding a hat in the above pose.
If it is food he's offering, it looks kind of like some kind of pepperoni dish.