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Guido, The Swiss Guard Nutcracker

At the beginning of the 16th century the Vatican began to employ Swiss mercenaries, who had the reputation for faithful service. In the 1527 “Sack of Rome”, it was the quick reaction of the Swiss Guards that enabled the Pope, Clement VII, to take refuge. However, 147 Swiss soldiers died in the fighting and the invaders caused irrevocable damage to ancient manuscripts, artwork and other treasures.

The costumes of the Swiss Guard with the puffed sleeves and red, blue or yellow knickers date back to Renaissance times. In 1505 the guards wore simple tunics, but in 1548 the uniforms worn at present were adopted. As well as their everyday costumes, the Swiss Guards have suits of armor with swords, but these are only used for escorting the Pope during special ceremonies in St. Peter’s.

Every year on May 6th, the anniversary of the “Sack of Rome,” the Swiss Guards renew their vows. In a colorful ceremony, new recruits kneel down and raise three fingers of their right hand to symbolize the Trinity and swear allegiance to serve the Pope.

In 2001 Steinbach released the sixth member of the Steinbach Member’s Only Nutcracker Series, Guido, The Swiss Guard Nutcracker.

Guido, The Swiss Guard Nutcracker  

Swiss Santa (ES1764) Nutcracker

The Swiss Santa (ES1764) premiered in 2008 into the Steinbach Christmas Legends Nutcracker Series. The fifteenth member of this series comes from Switzerland. Standing at 17 inches he is dressed in a red coat with the Swiss emblem on his lapels. Under his long coat there are reindeer on his pants to show the detail that is put into this nutcracker by the craftsmen at Steinbach. This nutcracker brings with him gifts of toys and chocolates as he makes his way to each of your homes. Limited to 7,500 pieces, you also have the chance to own a version of this nutcracker signed by Karla Steinbach (ES1764SIG). This musical nutcracker plays the old world tune of “Edelweiss.”

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Swiss Santa (ES1764) Nutcracker