The Art and Character of Nutcrackers

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The little bearded figure Godfather Drosselmeier presents in The Nutcracker is probably what comes to mind when speaking of cracking walnuts, but this seemingly simple chore has in fact begat endless variations on the device. Dogs' heads, elephants' trunks, and clenched fists have all done duty as screw-type nutcrackers.

The Art and Character of Nutcrackers 2006, Daedalus Books

ISBN-13: 9781933112084

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