This counter top nutcracker was patented in 1853, by Philos Black, Eli Blake, and John Blake. All were nephews of Eli Whitney. The cast iron portion measures 11 1/2" overall long x 5 1/4" wide and the handle in the raised position is 5 1/2" above the wood block. The wood block is 1" x 4" x 9" and appears to be pine. Under the jaws is inscribed "Blake" and "Patent". Beautiful and almost rust free. The black paint is in wonderful condition with only minor wear on the jaw teeth, and only minor surface rust (patina).
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