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Lever Nutcracker Combined with a Tobacco Stopper

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: length 10 cms. Place of Origin: England. Date: early 18th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: It was a long established custom for nuts to be...

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore, an Ironmonger from Stamford in Lincolnshire, published an advertisement in the Stamford Mercury on 24th April 1729 in which he listed what was probably the entire range of his stock:

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...

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