Whoa, that's a lot of nutcrackers.
The Wilson-Warner House in Odessa, Del., celebrates the 200th anniversary of E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by transforming the house into the home of Marie Stahlbaum, the young protagonist of the beloved Christmas tale.
Because 160 is a lot of implements, we picked five to look out for at the Historic Odessa Foundation's 2016 Christmas exhibit.
Mardi Gras jester nutcracker
Every January, when curator Brian Miller announces the year's theme for the Christmas display at the Historic Houses of Odessa, community members reach out to contribute their own collections, to "fill in the gaps" of the foundation's collection and to "make the exhibit stronger."
This year, a 12-year-old boy from the area reached out to lend 30 nutcrackers from his personal collection, which grows each Christmas with gifts from his parents and grandparents. Among the 30 on loan, the boy and his mom particularly like the Mardi Gras jester.
Silver walnut nutcracker
Many of the less-common nutcrackers in the exhibit are on loan from the Leavenworth museum. Miller asked the museum to steer away from classic Christmas nutcrackers and send those that were actually used in 19th-century England or Sweden.
One of the unusual devices is in the shape of a small walnut. On the inside are teeth. The user puts a nut inside in order to crack it.
The practical, antique nutcrackers are on display in the dining room of the Wilson-Warner House, one at each place setting.
A local dentist and his wife also made community contributions to the exhibit, lending six nutcrackers from Germany — one for each year they have been married. One of the implements is in the shape of a dentist -- a delightful twist on the soldier-style nutcrackers.
Nutcracker Suite Set
Also on loan from the Leavenworth museum is a set of five nutcrackers, each signed by Christian Ulbricht, a traditional German artisan, depicting characters from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: the Mouse King, Herr Stahlbaum, Clara (known as Marie in the original story), the Nutcracker, and another mouse.
The set is on display in the hall and ties the collection together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the story.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday until Dec. 31, The Historic Houses of Odessa, 109 Main St., Odessa, Del. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors), free (children under 6), 302-378-4119, www.historicodessa.org.