You’ve probably already heard of Nutcrackers. Should it be because you were told as a child the story of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”by E.T.A. Hoffmann, had a chance to go to the opera to see Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s ballet “The Nutcracker” or because once as an underage drinker, you tried this namesake cocktail made of juice mixed with vodka.
But nutcrackers are also some endearing objects, some people even dedicate their life to. Here is a short story of where they come from.
Nutcrackers in the form of woodencarvings of a soldier, knight, king, or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. These nutcrackers portray a person with a large mouth which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. Originally one could insert a nut in the big-toothed mouth, press down and thereby crack the nut. Modern nutcrackers in this style serve mostly for decoration, mainly at Christmas time. The ballet The Nutcracker derives its name from this festive holiday decoration.