For centuries, some of the most striking varieties of wooden nutcrackers have been crafted by German company Steinbach. Prized by collectors for its authentic features and intricate details, a Steinbach nutcracker is a true Christmas treasure. Here's a brief look at this family operated Christmas nutcracker company.
Originally from Austria, the Steinbach family moved to the German Erzgebirge region in the 16th century. Formerly rich in precious metals and ores, this once-dominant mining region began to turn to woodworking and functional nutcracker making when the metal supply dwindled.
Steinbach Nutcracker Innovations
The Steinbach Nutcracker Company Today
Today, Steinbach upholds its commitment to originality, producing the nutcracker in likenesses of a leprechaun, cowboy, or chef as well as the traditional soldier.
No longer nestled in the Erzgebirge, the Steinbach factory now calls northern German region Hohenhameln its home.
The Steinbach family still fully owns and operates its company, headed by Herr Christian Steinbach. His daughter, and current Vice President, Karla is expected to one day head the company herself, becoming the sixth generation Steinbach to operate this renowned company.