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English NUTCRACKER, Casse Noix, Mechanical, Brilliant

A vary rare early Mechanical NUTCRACKER in the form of a DOG. The handle is the dog's tail and when it is elevated or dropped, it activates the dog's mouth which is grooved to hold a 'Nut'. Very heavy in Cast Iron finished to look like Bronze and is beautifully detailed, eyes, ears, nose, hair, all over including the Screw on the side. Everything moves as if it were made yesterday. I say it is rare because normally these types of objects through use become damaged or broken. Everything is original. Tail is stamped as being made in 'England' & with 'Patent Pending' and a Patent #279483?. Condition & Quality are excellent with no loose parts. Dimensions: 23,5cm (9.25") long x 9,5cm (3.75") tall.