|Milford's hand made nutcrackers are on display at Russell Library||.|
Susan and Walter Milford's nutcrackers were sold throughout the 1980's and 90's. Walter would carve the figures using maple wood, or used Bruce's Woodworks kits, and Susan would paint and costume them. They produced about 1,500 a year.
The nutcrackers came in all sorts of characters. Some were historical figures (the one far left in the photo is Ivan the Terrible), some were fantasy figures such as the Snowman and Uncle Sam (shown in photo) and various Santas.
Most of the the Milford pieces opened below the mouth, thereby yielding a more friendly expression than traditional German nutcrackers. The nutcrackers displayed were produced between 1987-1997.
The collection is on loan from Deb Barberi.