This nutcracker measures approx. 14" tall and 5" wide. He is wearing a black helmet and a red suit, with black boots. Nutcrackers were being crafted in Austria before 1650. At first they were handcrafted gifts given at Christmas. Legend has it that nut crackers had "Miraculous" powers such as bringing good luck and warding off evil spirits. The bared their teeth at the demons and evil doers and stood guard over the family. They became very elaborate and varied. They are made,collected and displayed year round.This nutcracker is not marked with a country of origin. Please email me any questions and thank you for shopping here at Something Wonderful.
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