Wednesday, April 25, 2012
V is for Valentines (Nutcracker)
Many years ago I collected imported German Nutcrackers. I have quite a collection. One of my favorites is this Valentine Nutcracker. I have no idea who he is supposed to represent, but the heart on his staff and on his hat, as well as his label identifies this guy as a Valentine Nutcracker.
Now he and all his companions are packed away, wrapped in tissue. They are no longer displayed in my home. My nutcracker collecting days are over. It was a very expensive hobby (many ranged $200 to $300 a piece.) They were also hard to display well, taking up a lot of space. And as with most "collectables" they did not rise in value. It is true that collections should exist for the love of it ... not as an investment. These gentle men were loved.
It makes me a little sad that so many of my handsome wooden men are packed away (probably permanently), but it does give me pleasure to spot light one of these guys on A to Z.