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Big Mouth Wooden Nut Cracker Harpy Fishwife

Here is a vintage wooden nutcracker with a biggg.. mouth.
It stands 5" high when closed and is made from lightcoloured wood in the shape of an elongated head with glued on blue gingham headscarf, round bulging black and white eyes and a red peg nose. The wood is carved with eyebrows and creases around the eyes and mouth, a tuft of straw hair peeks out from under her scarf.

Her wide-open mouth reminds me of the, nagging fishwife who when she opens her mouth to make a remark someone pops in a nut to crack!
The head sits on a base with a wooden screw that can be turned up and down. The nutcracker is in used condition, the glue under the scarf has caused light stains on the fabric and the wood has a few dings and scratches, to give her character. Marked Japan, this nutcracker has seen quite a few years. If you want a more pristine item and can’t live with a few scratches, just carefully rub on some Scott’s liquid gold.
I like her how she is, she looks like she has had a hard life and is a tough character – tough enough to crack nuts!
Great addition to a collection of nutcrackers.

. I always combine shipping to get you the lowest price. Canada post raises prices January 14th, those quoted here may be adjusted as I am able to determine exact costs. Over payment of $1.00 or more will be refunded
Shipping in Canada is by Expedited parcel, prices are based on a Nova Scotia postal code, those living further west will pay considerably less.
US prices are for small packet Air which no longer includes insurance. International prices are for small packet surface which no longer includes insurance.
Please let me know if you want insurance or tracking as extra cost will be incurred.
I will not be responsible for loss or damage to uninsured items.

Big Mouth Wooden Nut Cracker Harpy Fishwife


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: wood, fabric, straw, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
  • Feedback: 625 reviews
  • Favorited by: 1 person