Mary Myers Folk Art - whimsical nutcrackers are American made in Virginia Beach Virginia. They are first turned on a lathe by Earl Myers from a paper doll pattern drawn by the artist. The basswood figure is then hand chipped carved with a small hand held knife. Each character is hand painted and numbered by the artist. Their arms and cracker are pegged into body. Each lever is made of oak and opens wide to crack nutshells (pistachios) with his strong jaw. Mary Myers is known for her museum quality, American Folk Art, which is hand carved in the traditional manner.
ETA Hoffman About Nutcrackers
E T A Hoffman wrote the story of the nutcracker and the mouse King which was composed into a ballet. The popularity of the ballet has made the nutcracker a desirable gift or collectible. Although the artist has many nutcrackers from Santas, Halloween witches, and storybook characters, the classic wooden toy soldier is a favorite during the Christmas season. ( Photo is first nutcracker by artist in 1989)
Americana Nutcrackers 10" to 17"
Historic Nutcracker 7" to 12"