IVORY AND BONE NUTCRACKERS
Although ivory is relatively easy to carve, it is not strong
enough to endure the continued rigors of cracking hard-shelled
nuts with lever type nutcrackers.
Therefore, nearly every all-ivory nutcracker is of the
screw type, where pressure to crack the nut is gradually
more common are nutcrackers trimmed with ivory, such as metal
nutcrackers with ivory handles, or wooden nutcrackers with ivory
|This incredible piece depicts the full figure of a Japanese Samuraui. He is dressed in typical Samurai costume of the 19th century with long kimono that is decorated with inlaid ivory medallions and bamboo leaves. A medallion on the bottom states “Paris, 1897”.|
This swashbuckling Pirate’s stern expression seems at odd with his love of the little dog. Made of walnut circa 1870 and trimmed with ivory this French nutcracker attracts much attention in the museum. Note also the ivory boots, goblet, and hat plume.
More often ivory is used as handles of silverware, with the working part of the nutcracker made of silver plated iron or brass. These shown are from England, 19th century. The boxed set is unusual because it contains 4 nutcrackers instead of the more common 2 which are included in such sets.
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