An exceptional quality boxwood screw type nutcracker, extensively carved all over with great detail. The circular thumb piece is also carved both sides as a circular roundel. It is the best example of this type we have seen recently. The whole has a lovely honey colour and good patination.
An almost identical smaller example is illustrated on page 71 in The Art and Character of Nutcrackers by Arlene and George Wagner.
Swiss (French Speaking Region) Circa 1830