Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ornament Review: Duke of Winter - Noble Nutcracker #3 - 2021 Release

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Classy and cool looking ornament
Cons: Snow globe head a little weird, slight tip
The Bottom Line:
A cool looking piece
Celebrate winter in style
Head a little weird

You Might Feel a Chill Looking at This Ornament

I’m finding the timing of this review a little ironic.  As I write this, I have the windows open enjoying 80-degree weather.  This weekend, it’s supposed to be close to 95.  But it will cool off to the mid-80s before this review goes live on my blog.  And here I am reviewing Duke of Winter, the third Noble Nutcrackers ornament.  And yes, he will give you a wintry vibe no matter the season.

The duke is decked out in blue.  The top of his outfit is darker blue, and it fades down to a light blue by the bottom.  His arms have a similar color scheme.  Decorating his outfit are raised white snowflakes and fleur de lis.  On top of his head is a snow globe with a giant snowflake in it.  His scepter?  Another snowflake with a string of beads tied to it.  Rounding out the snow motif is the clear snowflake he’s standing on.  He does have a working nutcracker opening, although I doubt his plastic is strong enough to actually crack any nuts in it.  The handle in the back is decorated like the rest of the duke’s outfit.

The ornaments in this series are a little larger and more detailed than some Hallmark ornaments, and that’s a good thing.  True the ornament isn’t subtle with the snow theme, but it does work.  You can’t help but feel just a little chill as you look at him.  I really do like him, and he gives off a very elegant vibe.

I will say that his snow globe hat is a little weird, but that’s the only thing that really throws me off.  I think the issue is that the snow globe is see through, so it is more obvious his head is flat than with the hats the earlier ornaments in this series wear.

Since the duke is standing on a snowflake, you can easily set him out to enjoy if you so desire.  Since it is clear, it is a little hard to see the 3 in a Christmas tree series marker on the bottom of the snowflake, but it is there.

This series actually does come with a ribbon for hanging.  In this case, it’s a silver ribbon.  The duke does tip a little to the side and forward, but by the time you get a few branches around it, you’ll never notice.

I’m glad I’ve given this series a second chance.  Duke of Winter is a classy ornament I will enjoy having in my collection.

And be sure to check out the rest of the Noble Nutcrackers.


  1. actually it looks very much like the clothing worn by the High Priest before entering the Holy of Holys on the Temple Mount. Both the First and Second Temple eras.

  2. This is so wintery and pretty.


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