Ulbricht Tennis Player NutcrackerItem#: HN-ATI719
Show off your sporty side when you display this tennis player nutcracker from Ulbricht. Standing 9 inches tall, this active fellow is sure to inspire hours of fun gameplay for you and your guests, whether you're at the courts or playing ping pong in your basement. The nutcracker was hand-crafted and hand-painted by gifted German artisans, so it will bring fun to your holidays for years to come. After you've finished the game, use this figure to crack nuts to feed your guests.
- Hand-made and hand-painted German tennis player
- Detailed carved wood nutcracker in vibrant colors
- Delightful functional holiday gift for cracking nuts
- Sporty nutcracker stands 9 in. tall
With the Tennis Player Nutcracker, the score is 40-Love. Ready for a few quick sets on the court, he comes bearing his racket and a tennis ball. Nutcrackers make wonderful presents; both charming and functional, these familiar holiday staples bring charm and delight to the holidays. Display them on a shelf for that festive touch, or get the party started by cracking open a selection of seasonal nuts. Hand-crafted from solid wood, this nutcracker has been hand-painted in Germany with a vibrant array of colors. It stands nine inches tall. Spruce up your own holiday decorations with this fresh take on a genuine classic, or present your loved one, neighbor, or colleague with a timeless and unforgettable gift.
The Story of Ulbricht
Wood-turning on lathes, the Ulbricht grand tradition, can be traced back to the small German mining town of Seiffen, in the mountains of the Erzgebirge. Records document the Ulbricht family as wood turners from the 1700s.
Otto Ulbricht, a professional wood turner who started his own business in 1928, built a new factory in 1934. After World War II, when the area became the East German Zone and private industry was taken out of the hands of individuals, Otto took his family across the border where they resettled in the Bavarian town of Lauingen, near Augsburg. Once settled, with his Erzgebirge wood-turning traditions transplanted to Bavaria, Otto began again.
When Otto died in 1968, his son Christian Ulbricht, now in charge of the family enterprise, continued those time-honored traditions. In 1978 Christian expanded his thinking, and developed a new company which he named Holzkunst Christian Ulbricht.
In the early 1990s, when East and West re-unified and Germany once again became one nation, Christian brought back to the family the factory in Seiffen begun by his father so many years ago. Today, the company operates out of both locations.
Now in its third generation, the Ulbricht family continues to produce wood-turned products of the finest quality. In addition to an extensive line nutcrackers, there are incense burners, music boxes, figurines, pyramids and ornaments geared for Christmas and Easter.
Traditions are very important to Ulbricht. Not only those that strengthen ties to the land and to family, but also those that continue the traditions of excellence in production that date back 300 years.
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