Brace or bitstock

Object Number: 
1937.1399ab
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 1/2 x 5 x 1 3/4 in. ( 44.4 x 12.7 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Wooden brace or bitstock of a carved and turned stock with a revolving circular knob on the upper end and a socket that houses an iron drillbit on the lower end; an iron key locks the bit in place.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group