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Art & antiques by Dr. Lori

Smash or screw: Collecting nutcrackers

December 8, 2013
By LORI VERDERAME - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

For years, my 92 year old father collected wooden nutcrackers. He amassed a colorful collection of figural nutcrackers mainly from America, Italy, and Germany. They were fun to collect and attractive to display. My dad displayed his collection of nutcrackers from the mid-1900s to the present in his home, year round. He, like many of his generation, enjoyed nuts and believed that the figures brought good luck. To those of us who knew him, it made perfect sense that my dad would collect nutcrackers. Like the sentinel or guard figure nutcrackers, my dad is the kind of guy who, if you needed someone to protect you, would be a very good choice.

 
 
 

 

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