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Nutmeg grater/tobacco shredder

Object Number: 
ca. 1675-1775
Wood, iron
Overall: 5 3/4 x 2 in. ( 14.6 x 5.1 cm )
hand-written: collector's label affixed to reverse: "449/French"
Wood nutmeg grater with curved sides and pointed top, chip carved throughout; lid hinges on an iron pin at base, covering 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
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group