Victorian 'Black Forest' Hare Nutcracker With Glass Eyes
Beautiful antique late 1800s Wooden Nutcracker carved into the form of a Hare.
The handle is carved 'Himmelbjerget'
And this Nutcracker is unusual in that most of these were made in Switzerland for Victorian's on their Grand Tour of Europe in the late 1800's but these were made in Denmark.
Himmelbjerget is a mountain located between Ry and Silkeborg, Denmark in the area known as Søhøjlandet.
With a height of 147 m (482 ft), Himmelbjerget is one of the highest natural points in the Danish landscape. The hill and surrounding area has been a center for various gatherings and celebrations for more than 200 years.
Himmelbjerget grew to fame in Denmark during the 19th century, as people gathered here to admire the magnificent views and celebrate the birth of the Danish nation. On top of the hill is a 25.1 m tall tower, that was erected in 1875 to honour King Frederik VII and his role in giving the Danish people the country's first constitution in 1849, thereby ending the preceding era of absolute monarchy. Close to the top are more monuments, most honouring individuals, but also one to commemorate women's right to vote in 1915.
Fully functional and in good condition (most hares have damage to the ears after over 100 years on this earth)
Measures 9" long and 2.25" wide
Most of these nutcrackers are made from Linden Wood (Lime) but I am not sure of the wood used here