Screw Action Cage Style Nutcracker
Dimensions: length 11.5 cms.
Place of Origin: France.
Date: late 18th century.
Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This finely made piece demonstrates one particular feature typical to 18th century French screw action nutcrackers: that is a cage style case. Its handle is decorated with a symmetrical pattern where a heart motif forms the very centre of it. This may suggest that the nutcracker was exclusively forged as a gift for the newlyweds.
Antique Tools and Instruments from the Nessi Collection, 5 Continents Editions, 2004, ISBN 88-7439-124-2.