Nutcracker on Rocking Horse toby jug produced in Taiwan by Fitz and Floyd of Medford, Oregon, in 1992. Nutcrackers, also known as Christmas nutcrackers, are decorative nutcracker figurines most commonly made to resemble a toy soldier. In German tradition, the dolls are symbols of good luck, frightening away malevolent spirits. Nutcrackers are also a part of German folklore, serving as protectors of a house. This Nutcracker is from the 1892 two-act fairy ballet The Nutcracker set on Christmas Eve at the foot of a Christmas tree in a child's imagination. With music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the plot is an adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This nutcracker is happily riding a white rocking horse with other toys around the horse's feet. A braided red cord forms the handle of the jug.
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