Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

August 2017 Newsletter from The Nutcracker Lady

You will find many interesting metal nutcrackers in the museum and we have to remember that the early metalworkers worked with red-hot metal as they shaped the various figures.

Late 15th or early 16th century...


From the late 15th or early 16th century we have a hand wrought iron lever with a human face. It is very small, measuring a little over 5 inches and was no doubt used for the cob nuts—the early form of the popular hazel nut.

Late 16th or early 17th century


A salamander head decorates this late 16th or early 17th century nutcracker from France. It is made of iron with brass trim and measures 5 inches.

From the 18th Century


An 18th century brass nutcracker from France depicts a canine on back of a reptile. Similar canine figures were used as decoration on nutcrackers as early as the 14th Century.

Both from 1733...


Two small brass screw nutcrackers are shown--one shows the date of 1733, while the other also serves as a wax seal stamp. They were made in Holland and are called “Pocket Screws” for it was the custom of men to carry tiny nutcrackers like this with them.

Early part of 20th century...


Many nutcrackers in animal form were created in England in the early part of the 20th century. These nutcrackers were molded of brass and bronze .

Created in the U.S. in 1853 and 1856...


The Blake nutcracker shown on the right was created in the United States in 1853. The decorative variation on the left was done in 1856, and the crocodile adaptation appeared later.

From England in 1897...


The Tough Nut originated in England in 1897. This is a percussion nutcracker. The nut is inserted in the body, then with a strong whack on the head, the nut is cracked.


Arlene Wagner, The Nutcracker Lady

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum





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735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Active Military - FREE (Spouse & Children Free with ID)