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A two-piece bronze nutcracker in the shape of an alligator.The bronze has been plated with nickel and the alligator has an "X" marked on the top of the head. It has square cut crosses along its back and horizontal lines at the tail which curves and lifts slightly at the end.
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Patent rights often went out the window as resourceful New Zealanders made ends meet during the Depression. Metal trade apprentices at New Plymouth firm Cambrian Engineering entered into the spirit of the times by casting multiple copies of a range of foreign commercial gifts including model yachts, model planes, ornaments and nutcrackers. This two-piece alligator nutcracker is based on a similar model manufactured in the United States since the late nineteenth century. Cambrian Engineering Company Ltd is still operational today producing a range of products including architectural hardware, hose and pipe fittings, spray pumps and knife sharpening steels from its base in Carrington Street, New Plymouth.
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