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Nutcracker

Object Number: 
2622
Date: 
1775-1875
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 × 1 5/8 × 4 1/4 in. (3.8 × 4.1 × 10.8 cm)
Inscriptions: 

written in ink: round collector's label "2622 / Eng."

Description: 
Wooden turned and carved screw press nutcracker with bands of geometric decoration; around the top are deeply carved circles; interior carved out to hold the nut; carved circular flange screw handle is threaded and inserted through the top of the barrel into the carved interior to break the nut.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group