This section is devoted to those many collectors
who have written to me saying "I want to start a
nutcracker collection, but I don't know how to begin."
So I thought I would offer some suggestions to the
beginning collector. These pages will be devoted to the
wooden-toy figural nutcrackers which are so popular with
collectors today. Collecting antique nutcrackers will be
discussed in a later chapter.
Remember, this is YOUR collection, so
you need to buy those nutcrackers that appeal the most
to you, ones that you will enjoy having in your home. Study them, and
you will get a feel of the artisans. you may want to
collect only those from one maker, or a theme that comes
from several makers. For example you may want to collect
only traditional Soldiers, or Santas, or Fisherman and
Hunters if you like the outdoors. Or you may want to buy
different nutcrackers for different seasons, or ones that
relate to members of your family.
Some people say you
should start with a king, then all those that serve the
king...guard, cook, hunter, etc. But this is not
necessary. Your tastes and your budget should determine
which nutcrackers to buy.
Some makers form a series
such as the Nutcracker Ballet Series and feature
the characters from the ballet, but again, it is not
necessary for you to collect a whole series unless you
truly like them, and if your budget will stand it!