Decorative Nutcrackers in the form of wooden carvings of a soldier, knight, king, or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. These nutcrackers portray a person with a large mouth which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. Originally one could insert a nut in the big-toothed mouth, press down and crack the nut. Modern nutcrackers in this style serve for decoration, mainly at Christmas time.
Simply Steinbach is proud to offer nutcrackers to decorate your home during the holiday season. Steinbach Nutcrackers have become extremely popular in the United States, and are so popular that there is a recreated Bavarian Village in Leavenworth, Washington. Decorative Nutcrackers have dated back to the 1400s. These decorative nutcrackers were created in the form of a king, soldier, knight, or other noble professions.
|Originating as a cottage industry in the rural areas of Germany, the carving of nutcrackers has become widespread. The most popular and famous nutcracker carvings come from Sonneberg in Thuringia, and form the Ore Mountains.|
Carvings from famous names like Klaus Mertens, Junghanel, Christian Ulbricht, Karl, Olaf Kolbe, Petersen, and especially the Steinbach nutcrackers have become collectors' items. The most famous of these, Herr Christian Steinbach, who is also known as the “King of Nutcrackers”, started the tradition of hand crafting and carving nutcrackers.
The Steinbach name is recognized throughout the world for the unique design of the wood-carved Steinbach creations. The unique tradition of hand crafting nutcrackers is continued by Herr Steinbach’s daughter, Karla Steinbach and granddaughter Karolin Steinbach. Karla Steinbach, Vice President of Operations, is the 6th generation to lead the company.
Simply Steinbach is proud to offer the Steinbach line of nutcrackers. If you are starting a new collection, or adding on to your collection, these unique masterpieces are sure to make a statement in your home.