Screw Action Cage Style Nutcracker

Materials: Steel.
Dimensions: length 11.5 cms.
Place of Origin: France.
Date: late 18th century.
Maker: unknown.
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.

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