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Unknown Maker’s Mark

An AMS members asks, ‘I recently acquired this brass fireplace Tidy Betty from what looks to be the late 1800s. It is a very weighty object and is well made. I was wondering whether...

Screw Action Nutcracker in an Openwork Case

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: length 8.6 cms, diameter 2 cms. Place of Origin: France. Date:  18th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: A thumbpiece shaped as a heart and an...

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. Explanation: This finely made piece demonstrates one particular feature typical to...

Screw Action Nutcracker Combined with a Tobacco Stopper

Materials: Iron. Dimensions: length 9 cms. Place of Origin: England. Date: late 18th century/early 19th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: The tobacco stopper or a tamper became a...

15th Century Lever Nutcracker

Materials: Bronze. Dimensions: length 9 cms. Place of Origin: Germany? Date: late 15th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: Nuts, particularly almonds, played an important role in the medieval...

Screw Action Nutcracker

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: height 5 cms, diameter 2 cms. Place of Origin: England or The Netherlands. Date: late 17th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: Nutcrackers are traditionally thought...

Named and Dated Screw Action Nutcracker

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: length 7.8 cms. Place of Origin: England. Date: 1676. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: The screw’s thumbpiece is made in the form of an arched crown,...

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