Tobacco shredder/spice grater

Tobacco shredder/spice grater
Title
Tobacco shredder/spice grater
Date 
ca. 1800-1850
Medium 
Wood, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 15 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. ( 39.4 x 10.8 cm )
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
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number 
INV.1000
Marks 
hand written: paper label affixed to grater: "2761/Fr"
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.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group