The Nutcracker Shoppe Retail Sign

“DON’T BE AFRAID, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.”

The classic nutcracker soldier, with his bright uniform, giant jaws and wide open expression has come to be part of Christmas celebrations for a large part of the world. Made famous and most often connected in people’s mind with Germany, the history of the nutcracker is actually part of many cultures and can be traced right back to the 13th century. The first known ones were made of poured brass and were of quite simple construction and only much later, in the 1800’s in Germany, carved wooden nutcrackers began to gain popularity. The carving of nutcrackers developed as a cottage industry in the forested rural areas – most notably Sonneberg in Thuringia (also famous for doll-making) and the Ore Mountains, where carving provided the only income for people there and still offer a livelihood.

Over the many years, nutcrackers have taken on a life of their own and evolved into an amazing variety of elaborate and whimsical designs – most often taking the form of unique characters such as kings, woodcutters, cowboys, knights, bakers, wine makers, religious figures, gardeners, etc. They are taken from fairy tales and plays (of course, the Nutcracker Ballet is a big part of this tradition) and in more recent times, even movie characters have been portrayed.

But why have nutcrackers remained so popular over the centuries? Of course, nutmeats have been enjoyed by humans since the beginning of time and it’s a using such an invention is a lot easier than wielding a large stone! Since nuts are harvested in the fall, they are a natural part of Christmas eating, and often a decorative nutcracker has had a prominent place on the table as a conversation piece. Also given as keepsakes, both as imagined good luck pieces and as protectors of the home with their fierce bared teeth, these have continued to be a favorite Christmas gift.

With or without such a fascinating history, this nutcracker just makes an eye-catching sign, with his brilliant colors, surrounded by the 23kt gold of the hand carved letters.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
18 " x 24 "