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Antique Nutcracker Collection

92 Lot Collection

A single-owner collection of nutcrackers ranging in age from the antique brass and treen nut crackers of the 18th century through to those of the modern era. The collection has been meticulously logged and labelled. Remarkably, this was the collector's second collection of nutcrackers, the earlier collection having been sold to museums in America and Germany.

An attractive example of one of the many nutcrackers included in the collection being sold at auction in Honiton by Bearnes Hampton &amp Littlewood.

An attractive example of one of the many nutcrackers included in the collection being sold at auction in Honiton by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

For many people, it is often an ambition to have a lifetime collection of their favourite things, but for the owner of this antique nutcracker collection, this was their second collection!

After selling their first collection to museums in Germany and America, their passion for collecting nutcrackers continued, leading to them building up this second diverse collection of nutcrackers, which is now being offered for sale.

This nutcracker collection has been carefully and individually logged and labelled with dates and details of each specimen. The collection is a unique opportunity to see the wide range of antique brass and treen nut crackers of the 18th century as well as the variations of materials and styles of the modern age.

Some of the most attractive pieces are those of the 19th century that were produced in Germany and Austria, with skilfully carved bear's, dog's and goat's head mechanisms that were popular with the Victorians.

Sale Information

SC17: Sporting and Collectors
Wednesday, 18th September 2013
Dowell Street, Honiton

Lots from the Collection

Lot SC17/836

Lot SC17/836: A Collection of Commercial Nut Crackers, Including 'Handy Dandy' Type

A collection of commercial nut crackers, including 'Handy Dandy' type and others.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Lot SC17/837

Lot SC17/837: A Collection of American Nut Farmers Commercial Nutcrackers

A collection of American nut farmers commercial nutcrackers, including 'Dexter Nut Cracker', 'Thompson Adjustable' and others.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Lot SC17/838

Lot SC17/838: A Collection of Pecan Nutcrackers and Four 20th Century Plastic Screw Type Nutcrackers

A collection of Pecan nutcrackers and four 20th Century plastic screw type nutcrackers.


Realised: £40
Lot SC17/839

Lot SC17/839: A Collection of 20th Century Lever Type Nutcrackers

A collection of 20th Century lever type nutcrackers.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Lot SC17/840

Lot SC17/840: A Novelty Margaret Thatcher Nutcracker and A Collection of 20th Century Lever Type Nutcrackers

A novelty Margaret Thatcher nutcracker and a collection of 20th Century lever type nutcrackers.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £35
Lot SC17/841

Lot SC17/841: Five Various Ship's Helm Treen Table Top Nutcrackers

Five various ship's helm treen table top nutcrackers.

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £75
Lot SC17/842

Lot SC17/842: A Collection of Anvil and Lever Type Treen Bowl Table Top Nutcrackers

A collection of anvil and lever type treen bowl table top nutcrackers.

Estimate: £100 - £120
Realised: £80
Lot SC17/843

Lot SC17/843: A Collection of 20th Century Cast Iron Dog and Squirrel Nutcrackers

A collection of 20th Century cast iron dog and squirrel nutcrackers and others.

Estimate: £100 - £120
Lot SC17/844

Lot SC17/844: Ten Various 20th Century Cast Iron Dog Nutcrackers

Ten various 20th Century cast iron dog nutcrackers.

Estimate: £100 - £120
Realised: £90
Lot SC17/845

Lot SC17/845: Five Various Metalware Crocodile Nutcrackers

Five various metalware crocodile nutcrackers.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Realised: £60
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