Wooden Nutcracker / Christmas Nutcrackers
Wooden Nutcracker / Christmas Nutcrackers handmade in Germany
Christmas Nutcrackers are figures made of wood, which crack the nuts in their "mouth" by means of lever technology. These figures are set up during the Christmas season as decoration. The first production of the Christmas Nutcrackers was dated in 1650 in Berchtesgaden and in 1735 in Sonneberg.
In the Erzgebirge the production of the wooden nutcracker figures spread in the second half of the 19th century with the center in Seiffen. The often grim appearance of the traditional nutcracker faces resembles the authorities of that time (forester, gendarme, king, hussar etc.). An approx. 35 cm large Christmas nutcracker of this type is produced in about 130 work steps and can consist of up to 60 individual parts. It is mainly made of spruce or beech wood, and for decoration materials such as fur, bristles, leather, cloth, strings and bright colors are used.
Of course, the brightly painted figures also appealed to children; they were sold at Christmas markets and were also considered children's toys in the 19th century. But the functional nutcracker was also discovered by designers, for example in the Art Nouveau phase.
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