Tobacco shredder/nutmeg grater

Object Number: 
INV.746
Date: 
ca. 1675-1775
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5/8 × 1 5/8 × 4 3/4 in. (1.6 × 4.1 × 12.1 cm)
Inscriptions: 

hand-written: collector's label affixed to reverse: "440.....[illegible]"

Description: 
Wood nutmeg grater; chip carved on sides and vase of tulips carved on lid; lid hinges on an iron pin at base and covers the pierced sheet iron grater.
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, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group