My favorite nutcracker maker is Christian Steinbach, who is also one of my biggest inspirations as an artist. Unfortunately, he just passed away last year. Hopefully his children and grandchildren will carry on his legacy.
In light of the oncoming Christmas season, I'll be posting a picture of a nutcracker from my collection at least once a week.
I'll start with my very first German nutcracker, a Steinbach given to me by one of my grandma's friends. She's a very generous woman!