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Fascinating facts about the invention of the
nutcracker
by Henry Quackenbush in 1878.
NUTCRACKER
AT A GLANCE:
One of Quackenbush's most famous and most successful inventions came in 1878, when he created the first nutcracker and nutpick. In 1913, he patented the spring-jointed nutcracker, a nickel-plated, solid steel nutcracker with four picks. Nearly 200 million of these nutcrackers have been sold worldwide since then.
THE STORY
RELATED INFO
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WHERE TO FIND
DID YOU KNOW?
Invention: nutcracker
Quackenbush Nutcracker photo courtesy Gray & Holt Dry Goods, Inc.
Function: noun / nut·crack·er  / nut-cracker
Definition: An implement used to crack nuts, typically consisting of two hinged metal levers between which the nut is squeezed.
Patent: 930,796 (US) issued August 10, 1909
Inventor: Henry Marcus Quackenbush
Portrait of Henry Quackenbush courtesy Find A Gave submitted by Added by Ron Buchinski
Criteria: First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: April 27, 1847 in Herkimer, New York
Death: September 8, 1933
Nationality: American
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ARYs: nutcracker, Quackenbush, Henry Quackenbush, history, invention, stroy,
facts, biography, inventor.

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ON THE WEB:

Invention Dimension - Inventor of the Week
Celebrates inventor/innovator role models through outreach activities and annual awards to inspire a new generation of American scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
Quackenbush Family Biography
Found at Darci's Place of Origins - Featuring New York - Wisconsin Biographies and Resources,
Genealogy Lineages, Memoirs, Sketches, Book Indexes All With New York Origins
The Nutcracker Museum
While the emphasis is on the antique nutcrackers, the museum also displays the nutcrackers of the current makers. The largest producer today of the wooden toy nutcrackers is Christian Steinbach of Germany. The museum is located in Leavenworth, Washington.
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H.M. Quackenbush founded in !871
HMQ Metal Finishing Group has a total of 119 employees among its three operating units and corporate offices, 75 of whom are employed at H.M. Quackenbush in Herkimer, 23 at HMQ Chemtech LLL in Oriskany, seven at HMQ National Plating LLC in Syracuse, and 14 at the holding company's offices. Frederick H. Hager, chairman and CEO of the group and the greatgreat grandson of founder Henry M. Quackenbush, the group has annual revenues approaching $10 million.. POP-UP ADS.

WHERE TO FIND:
Original Quackenbush Nutcracker
Gray & Holt Dry Goods, Inc. have an original Quackenbush Nutcracker for sale at their online store..
(URL: www.grayandholt.com/cooking.htm)


DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 1867, he had begun inventing and marketing devices on his own, including his first successful creation, the extension ladder. He sold the patent for this invention for $500.

  • Since 1913 nearly 200 million nutcrackers have been sold worldwide.

  • If you come across a metal nutcracker marked with QBC it was made by Quakenbush's company

Reference Sources in BOLD Type. This page revised November 7, 2006.
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