Bootjack

Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 11 in. (6.4 × 9.5 × 27.9 cm)
Description: 
Wooden bootjack composed of two rectangles joined together with hinges; upper rectangle has boot end cut out.
Object Number: 
INV.14893
Marks: 
Stencil: "B" stenciled in black paint on lower rectangle
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
46132
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutmeg grater/tobacco shredder

Date: 
ca. 1675-1775
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 2 in. ( 14.6 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.749
Inscriptions: 
hand-written: collector's label affixed to reverse: "449/French"
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
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1775
eMuseum Object ID: 
44602
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nutmeg grater/tobacco shredder

Date: 
ca. 1650-1750
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Wooden nutmeg grater with kneeling figure (possibly St. Francis), "IHS", and shell motifs carved in obverse; flower carved in reverse as well as cavity to hold ground nutmeg.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.745
Inscriptions: 
handwritten label: collector's label affixed to reverse: "2592 / 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
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1750
eMuseum Object ID: 
44549
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pastry jagger: carved handle

Date: 
ca. 1800-1850
Medium: 
Whale bone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 14.6 x 4.4 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Scrimshaw pastry jagger (pastry crimper) with crimped wheel and curved crimper at opposite end; curved sides and bands diagonal lines carved at end of handles.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 
1937.1747
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
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
44507
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Clothespin

Date: 
1750-1850
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 13 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Clothespin made from single piece of wood with hole pierced in square body and two legs with pointed ends.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
Z.70
Inscriptions: 
hand written: collector's label affixed to body: "2371 / Am."
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
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
44413
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Butter mold

Date: 
ca. 1825-1875
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 × 4 1/4 in. (7 × 10.8 cm)
Description: 
Treenware butter mold with circular stamp carved with two acorns and leaves; cylindrical plunger handle extends from stamp; handle pierces through circular cover.
Object Number: 
Z.163
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1875
eMuseum Object ID: 
40853
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Set of tea caddies in box

Date: 
1750-1810
Medium: 
Wood, mahogany, brass, tin, iron, textile
Dimensions: 
Container (box): 4 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 5 in. (11.4 × 21.6 × 12.7 cm)
Description: 
Rectangular wooden box with mahogany veneer, flat, hinged lid, and brass rosette mounts with bail handle at center of lid; decoration consists of brass willow mounts applied to box at each corner of lid and at bottom, front of box, brass escutcheon; inside, three compartments formed by three pieces of wood (one long, two short), slotted into sides of box, each containing tea caddy; three tinned sheet iron tea caddies of simple construction, two with screw-top lids and one with curved, hinged lid; box also contains two scraps of wood, and key on rose-colored ribbon.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Van der Kemp family, October 21, 1926
Object Number: 
569a-e
Inscriptions: 
written: in black ink on paper label, on bottom of box: "Van der Kemp/ Tea Caddy/ Presented Oct 21, 1926/ Museum Accession #569"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1810
eMuseum Object ID: 
40820
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Sugar nips

Date: 
1750-1850
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1/2 in. ( 21.6 x 7.3 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Iron sugar nippers (or cutters) with pair of semi-circular blades and safety catch on handle.
Object Number: 
INV.15007
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1850
eMuseum Object ID: 
40023
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Spice box

Date: 
ca. 1858
Medium: 
Pine, iron, tin
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/8 × 3 1/2 in. (23.8 × 8.9 cm)
Description: 
Cylindrical box made of two circular wooden panels and a thin, wood panel bent into a circle, held together with tinned sheet iron stays; inside are eight small cylindrical boxes, made in the same way each marked with the name of a spice (a larger central "PEPPER" container with seven smaller ones for "ALLSPICE", "CINNAMON", "CLOVES", "GINGER", "MACE", "MUSTARD", and "NUTMEGS".
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas S. Constantine
Object Number: 
1935.51a-k
Marks: 
impressed: mark on bottom of box: circular inscription "PATENT PACKAGING CO. / NEWARK / NEW JERSEY / PATD AUG 31 1858." printed: in black on top of box: "SPICES" printed: in black on smaller boxes: "CLOVES";"GINGER"; "CINNAMON"; "ALLSPICE"; "PEPPER"; "M
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, the spice box was used in 1865 by his mother, Mrs. Thomas S. Constantine (neé Harriet Emily Beckley) while she was housekeeping in the farmhouse on McGowan's land on 104th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1858
eMuseum Object ID: 
39279
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Whetstone holder

Date: 
1830-1840
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 3 1/4 x 4 in. ( 30.5 x 8.3 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Flat back wooden whetstone holder with red, green, yellow, and blue painted decoration composed of heart, two flowers and concentric circles; two holes for mounting on wall on either side.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.755[dup]
Marks: 
painted: on front below opening: "SM"
Inscriptions: 
hand written: collector's label affixed to back: "2651 / Swiss"
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. Reapers filled these carved wooden flasks with water, strapped them onto their belts and carried them into the fields in order to keep a whetstone moist in the event that they needed to sharpen their scythe. Though prevalent throughout northern Europe, the shape and ornamentation of this oblong cylindrical holder is characteristic of the Swiss type, which often featured carved running ornaments and rosettes or painted hearts, bull's eyes and flowers. The flask, which was alternatively called a Wetzsteinköcher ("whetstone quiver") and a Wetzsteintasche ("whetstone pocket"), featured a tapered point at the base that allowed peasants to stake the quiver upright into the ground when resting from their labors in the fields, thus preventing the water from pouring out of the opening at the top.
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
39274
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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