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