M.E. Heuck Co.Nutcracker (1913), Henry Marcus Quackenbush
The metal spring-jointed nutcracker as we know it today is invented in 1913 by Henry Marcus Quackenbush. He founded a manufacturing company, H.M. Quackenbush Company, which also became known for its air rifles. Over the years, they produced over 200 million spring-jointed nutcrackers, all stamped with a ‘HMQ’ or ‘QBC’ hallmark. In 1979, H.M. Quackenbush Co. transferred production and distribution of nutcrackers and related products to the M.E. Heuck Co. (established 1922), a company specialized in Thanksgiving articles.
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