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S/3281 Antique Treen 19th Century Burr Boxwood Pocket Nut Cracker

A good burr boxwood pocket screw type nut cracker of traditional form, having a darkened ball finish above a serrated opening to receive the hazel nut. Eating these were a popular pastime at functions and at theatrical performances. The whole has a good honey colour and patination. Similar examples are illustrated in treen for the table by Jonathan Levi page 166.

4 in. (11.5 cm.) Wide
1 in. (4 cm.) Diameter French Circa 1820