It's a work of art and one can see how much care and concern was put into making the finished product amazing.
Authored by Arlene Wagner, known as the nutcracker lady and who founded the Nutcracker Museum in 1995. This book was published ten years later in 2005 and is still available to be purchased.
Over 1000 Photographs:
The various styles are highlighted in their own chapters and include:
- Wooden Levers
dating back to 1669
- Wooden Screw Nutcrackers
Introduced during the 17th century
- Wooden Percussion Nutcrackers
Wood is better than metal for cracking.
- Metal Lever Nutcrackers
Don't we all have one of these in the kitchen drawer? But the variety is amazing!
- Metal Screw Nutcrackers
These were often made to be carried in the pocket.
- Metal Percussion Nutcrackers
"The hammer has been the most common of all percussion tools used in civilized time to crack open the hard shell of a nut. Special hammers were designed just for this purpose. To complement the nut hammer, the 'knee warmer' was invented around 1850.
- Metal Mechanical Nutcrackers
Complicated looking contraptions, that surely can get the job done.
- Betel Cutters
Not a true nutcracker, but often included in collections
- Ivory and Porcelain Nutcrackers
Not many all ivory nutcrackers exist today.
- Turned Wooden Toy Soldier Nutcrackers
The classic pieces that are most often thought of when describing a nutcracker collection.
A New Supplement to be Released:
￼Mike McIvor, the artistic director of the first book will be doing the layouts of the fantastic photography of Rodrigo Demedeiros. We expect publishing to be finished in October. Copies of the first book are still available at the museum if you have not gotten a copy. It is a large coffee table book showing about 1,000 of the nutcrackers from the museum. Price is now only $45.00.
Sometimes coffee-table is a poor choice of words to call a book, but The Art & Character of Nutcrackers was promptly put on the coffee table for guests to enjoy and for easy access when I want to go back into another time and place. A world where skilled craftsmen took special pride in their work, creating something beautiful out of ordinary objects.
Although the book is no longer being published, copies are still available through the museum for $45., and can also be found on Amazon.
From the Nutcracker Museum July Newsletter:
To order any of these books please email: curator@nutcrackermuseum and let us know which books you want, your name and address, and when we can call you for a credit card number.
- Size: 12.5" x 10.25"
- ISBN: 1-933112-08-5
- Pages: 188