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King Nutcracker and his retinue

King Nutcracker and his retinue

What would the world of Erzgebirge figures be without its Nutcracker King!

Besides apples, gingerbread and other goodies, golden-painted nuts are a part of the traditional Christmas decorations. But if you actually wanted to eat the tasty kernel, you first had to crack your nut! And so a nutcracker was created, having not only a practical but also a decorative function, as it would also be designed to represent a certain character. As early as 1735 in Sonneberg they were referred to as wooden “nut-biters”. They were strong-looking characters with large heads and a lever on their backs with which the nut was pressed against their upper jaws and cracked open.

It is said that the first Seiffen nutcrackers, which are today known all over the world, were made around 1870 in Wilhelm Füchtner’s little workshop and since then, nothing in their basic design has been changed.