The modern ornamental nutcracker emerged in 19th Century Germany, with wooden figures resembling soldiers, kings, miners, and more. These became associated with Christmas with the 1892 debut of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite ballet, which became a holiday tradition. U.S. GI's brought German nutcrackers home during WW2, spurring a wave of collecting. And several makers, such as Steinbach, have produced limited editions that are highly collectible.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Papa Teds Place

Papa Teds Place

The late Theodore H. Althof, Jr's beautiful collection of vintage dimestore cardboard Christmas 'putz' village hous… [read review or visit site]

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

Antique Christmas Lights Museum

George Nelson's incredibly detailed chronicle of vintage Christmas tree lighting. Browsable by decade and special t… [read review or visit site]

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

Bohemian Christmas Decorations

This simple site showcases over 500 artistic Gablonz glass bead antique and vintage Christmas tree ornaments, made … [read review or visit site]

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

Old Soviet Christmas Cards

This site showcases over 1000 old Soviet Christmas and New Years cards from 1950 to 1990. Browse through page after… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lot Of 6 Steinbach Vintagelking's Court Nutcracker Figures 5" Iob - In BoxesOriginal Steinbach German Nutcracker S624 The Wizard Of Oz 17.5" TallNwt/nib Steinbach Fabulous Phantom Of The Opera Nutcracker - 16" Tall32" Soldier Nutcracker Christmas Blow Mold (lot Of 4)Rare Steinbach 15" Tall Nutcracker ~ The Sovereign Genghis Khan ~ With TagOriginal Steinbach Handmade Nutcracker "captain Hook" With BoxRare Retired Marley's Ghost Christian Ulbricht Nutcracker Amazing Detail 17"Lot Of 5 Nutcracker (4 Soldiers & Peasant) Vgc Aprox. 11' Tall Vintage German?30" Union Products Soldier Nutcracker Christmas Blow Mold (lot Of 2) (damaged)Original Steinbach Nutcracker Wizard Of Oz Scarecrow With BoxHolzkunst Christian Ulbricht Nutcracker 13.5" Tall Violin Maker Made In GermanyLife Size Large Huge Wooden Nutcracker 5 Ft Feet Tall 60" Inchs Christmas XmasOriginal Steinbach Handmade Nutcracker Wizard Of Oz "tin Man" With BoxHolzkunst Christian Ulbricht Nutcracker Horseman With Riding Saddle & Crop & TagSteinbach King Of NutcrackersSteinbach Brewmaster Nutcracker-musical- Rare-pre-ownedZims Huckleberry Finn 14" Wooden Nutcracker House Of Hatten Nutcracker Drosselmeyer Ornament 1993 HohGerman Handmade NutcrackerSteinbach German Nutcracker S883 Balthasar With BoxSusan Milford 13 3/4", 1992 "the Beefeater" Nutcracker 782 Of 5000Steinbach Red Hat Granny Society Lady Nutcracker Org $225Original Steinbach Limited Editionnutcracker Captain Smith From Titanic With BoxRare Steinbach Vintage 'the Viking' Nutcracker 11" Tall With Sword Axe & ShieldHolzkunst Christian Ulbricht Nutcracker - Herder / Shepherd, 15 Inches Tall ~Very Large Wooden Nutcracker Soldier, Holding Miniature Nutcracker (38" Tall)Steinbach German NutcrackerSusan Milford Hard To Find, 15", 1991 "lafayette" Nutcracker 309 Of 5000Steinbach *rare Limited Edition Ben Franklin* SignedSanta's Workshop Tall Beer Drinking Austrian Wooden NutcrackerHalloween Zombie Punk Wooden Decorative Nutcracker 7" Guitar NibWinter Christmas Skier Nutcracker 14 InchesSteinbach Wood Ornament Santa Holding Christmas Tree Made In Germany Nib Limited Edition- Pair Nutcrackers-man W/fiddle-lady Caroling-7 1/2" TallKurt Adler Polonaise Nutcracker Suite Ornament SetHalloween Zombie Punk Wooden Decorative Nutcracker 7" World Market NibChristian Steinbach "magic Of Nutcrackers" Collector Book- English & German 285pClara From The Nutcracker Glass Christmas OrnamentKing Riding A Horse 18" NutcrackerSet Of 6 Lillian Vernon Wood Nutcrackers Christmas Ornaments Number 8176