Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cracken On

Nutcrackers in the form of wooden carvings of soldiers, knights, kings and other professions have existed since the 15th century from England, France & Italy. These decorative devices became popular in Bavaria in the 1800s as part of a cottage industry, primarily in forested rural areas. Many of the best Nutcrackers come from Sonneberg in Thuringia (which is also considered the center of doll making) and from the Ore Mountains. The “NussKnacker” evolved throughout the years, but continues to be very popular in places like the recreated “Bavarian Village in Levenworth, Washingotn at the Nutcracker Museum

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