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Tobacco shredder/spice grater

Object Number: 
INV.1000
Date: 
ca. 1800-1850
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. ( 39.4 x 10.8 cm )
Marks: 
hand written: paper label affixed to grater: "2761/Fr"
Description: 
Wooden spice grater composed of rectangular body extending into a flat curved handle; pierced metal grater inserts into one side of body and the opposite side is carved with flowers and impressed fleur-de-lys
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