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Object ID # 1959.046.010
Object Name Nutcracker
Title Primitive Nutcracker
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date c. 1869-1870
Made Unknown, but possibly one of the Messrs. Kennedy?
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County?
Description An iron nut cracker. It is simply a very heavy, cylindrical, and solid piece of iron. The one end has four concave gouges where nuts have been placed in the past. The piece of iron is 8.8 cm in diameter and 7.8 cm high. There is no lettering or maker's mark on it.
Makers mark None
Provenance Originally belonged to Helen Kennedy (neƩ Inglis) of Inglis Falls, Derby Township who married Thomas Kennedy of Owen Sound. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Inglis. Helen Kennedy died in 1924 at the age of 77.

Later owned by A. Amy Kennedy who resided in Owen Sound at 240 8th St. West, circa 1959. She had lived for 19 years at the house at Inglis Falls that later on was occupied by Victor Inglis.

She said that this nutcracker was at least 90 years old in 1959, which would make it c. 1869.

Thomas Kennedy was one of the sons of William Kennedy Sr. and Agnes (Stark) Kennedy, who had moved to Owen Sound in the 1850s. William Kennedy Sr. started an iron foundry and planing mill at the base of what is now 6th St. East, Owen Sound. There is a photograph of his workshop in the Grey County archives. Thomas Kennedy died in 1878. After William Kennedy Sr. died in 1885, his surviving sons decided to relocate the foundry operation to the west side and picked a location along Stephens St. (1st Ave. West) so that their foundry could be near the harbour. Wm. Kennedy & Sons became a large manufacturing firm, and is best-known for its marine propellers.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Iron
Dimensions H-7.8 Dia-8.8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kennedy, Thomas
Kennedy, William (Senior)

Kennedy, Amy
Subjects Nuts
Search Terms Inglis Falls
Function A heavy metal item with which the owners used to crack nuts. In 1959, it was about 90 years old (c. 1869-1870). The donor did not say exactly how one cracked the nuts with it, perhaps one placed the nuts in the round gouges and pounded them with a hammer?