Everybody has used a nutcracker, and this entertaining book describes the many ingenious methods employed and the numerous imaginative designs produced from the eighteenth century to the present day to carry out the apparently simple task of cracking a nut. Considering the heavy use to which they have been put, it is surprising that some of the earliest wooden nutcrackers still survive. Some of these are wonderful examples of folk art. While nutcrackers of such quality are scarce today and latter day mass-produced metal ones are less individual, interesting figural brass and steel examples can still be found at accessible prices. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering the history, development and variation of design and construction of nutcrackers around the world.
About the Author
Bob Mills started collecting nutcrackers after his wife bought what she thought was a garlic press at an antiques fair. It turned out to be a Victorian reversible nutcracker and this, together with his interest in treen objects, initiated a collection that has developed over many years. Bob is a member of Nutcracker Collectors Club and is a custodian of a website used by collectors worldwide to share new finds and information. He lives in Oxfordshire and works as a Contracts Manager for a software company.
Table of Contents
From Aristotle to the present Types of nut Types of nutcracker Materials Nutcrackers from around the world Some English nutcrackers Assembling a nutcracker collection Further reading Places to visit