Fans of the Nutcracker Suite will enjoy the Signed Steinbach Mouse King Limited Edition German Nutcracker. He wears a crown with glittering jewels and a royal blue and fur cloak. He holds his sword in his hand. Nutcrackers make perfectly playful presents; charming and collectible these familiar holiday staples bring a smile to everyone's face. Display them on a shelf or table for that festive touch. They make a welcome addition to any gathering of friends and family.Handcrafted from genuine solid wood this nutcracker has been carved and painted freehand by artisans in Germany. It stands 12.5 inches tall and features a distinctive unique design in a vibrant array of colors. Made by Steinbach this limited edition nutcracker is one of only 10 000 made. It has been signed by Karla Steinbach. Spruce up your own holiday decorations with this fresh take on a genuine classic or present a loved one neighbor or colleague with a timeless and unforgettable gift.About SteinbachSteinbach is recognized for the unique design of its wood-carved creations developed many years ago by Herr Christian Steinbach. The Steinbach family started making nutcrackers and other items in the 1800s in the Alpine regions of Germany. The tradition of creating hand-carved Steinbach German Nutcrackers is carried on by the Steinbach family which remains responsible for the product concept development design manufacture and quality control at the Hohenhameln factory in the northern region of Germany.Steinbach items are highly collectible. If you are starting a new collection or adding to your existing collection you will love these unique masterpieces. These treasured collectibles are handed down from generation to generation.The Making of Steinbach NutcrackersEach Steinbach nutcracker is produced using up to 130 separate procedures. Genuine hardwood is cut and shaped into specific sizes and parts. The wood is then turned by hand using an ancient process that creates smooth clean surfaces. The pieces are lathed polished and drilled before they are turned over to experienced craftsmen who prime and spray them repeatedly alternating the process with drying to produce an even tone. Carving comes next; wood-carving artisans use knives and finely honed skill to add personality and detail to the pieces. Finally the painters take over; trained German artists paint these nutcrackers freehand. The result is a truly unique one-of-a-kind product that is a must-have for collectors and art lovers alike.