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S/4270 Antique Treen 19th Century Boxwood Nutcracker

A good French 19th century screw type nutcracker of traditional form, the main section is burr boxwood, which has a circular opening to receive the hazelnut. The screw section is made of plain boxwood, and is of an identical colour and patination, having a circular ring turned recessed decoration to each end. 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