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Russian, Swiss and Turkish Chubby Nutcrackers, Set of 3

SKU#  478861
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Why We Love It

Our exclusive Russian, Swiss and Turkish Chubby Nutcrackers feature handcrafted clothing and stunning details for a unique holiday look. Designed for collectors who value quality, this exclusive set introduces Maxim the traditional Russian musician, Lukas the Swiss mountain man, and Amir the Turkish sultan.

Details & Dimensions

  • Handcrafted of wood and fabric
  • Set of 3
  • Includes 1 musician, 1 mountain man and 1 sultan nutcracker
  • WARNING: Choking hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • For decorative purposes only
  • Part of our Nutcracker Collection
  • World Market exclusive
7"H each

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The Story Behind It

Cracking Open the Tale of the Nutcracker

Originating in the 15th century, the carved wooden nutcracker was created in rural Germany, as its name would imply, to crack open nuts. A popular tale tells of a miserly farmer who was unable to eat the walnuts he grew on his property because their hard shells were too difficult to open. He enlisted an old puppet carver who produced the first nutcracker puppet with a mouth and jaw strong enough to crack a walnut shell. The farmer was so pleased that he built a workshop for the puppet carver and showered the village with gifts.

Thought to protect the home and bring good luck, most nutcrackers today are used in festive displays rather than to open nuts. Modern spins on the traditional soldier nutcracker vary widely, in guise of fun takes on Santa to eclectic multicultural icons, with many intriguing styles making for beloved collectors' items.