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Vintage nut cracker and pick set, the old style nickel plated kind with the spring at the top, still in the unopened blister pack package, manufactured at the historic Deep River Manufacturing Co. of Deep River, Connecticut. Additionally, two out of package nut crackers and five picks.

But Nickadizzy, you ask, these may be from the 50s, but nut crackers haven't really changed that much over the years, have they?

Well of course they have. These were only 89 cents originally.

Seriously, what makes these so special is the nutcracker / picks in the package were, as previously mentioned, made at the Deep River Mfg Co, Inc. of Deep River, Connecticut, a company with roots going back to 1860 when it was J.A. Smith & Co, at which time it made knitting needles and hooks. Through a sale and corporate changes, the company became Deep River Mfg in 1929, but took a beating during the depression, and was only saved by an offer by the National Silver Company to purchase -- a ha!!! -- nutcrackers.

Through some clever retooling of the machinery, the company began cranking out nut crackers, saving itself from closure, and continued to make them until 1974.

A couple of the buildings were later declared historic monuments in the 1980s, but sadly have since been torn down, largely due to EPA concerns regarding wastes from the plating facility.

So, what you really have here is a piece of American history.

As for the loose nutcrackers, I don't have any history on them. They're a bit worn with some rust in the interior mechanism, but I'm tossing them in for good measure.


Vintage nut cracker in pkg, never opened, from historic Deep River Mfg - Depression era history


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: metal, nickel
  • Only ships within United States.
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