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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T3348
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1750


This nutcracker was made in France between 1700 and 1750. The soft sycamore wood from which it is made has been reinforced by the addition of ivory teeth.There are 111 nutcrackers in the Pinto collection, dating from the 15th century to around 1900. Many of the earliest ones tend to be carved in the shape of human or animal figures. They are made from expensive materials and were probably made to commission. They were intended to crack hazelnuts which were smaller and thinner shelled than commercial varieties found today.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:France


Height:20 cm
Width:3.8 cm
Depth:5.6 cm