This unusual early grater also serves a as a knife sharpener located on the backside and would make a wonderful addition to your collection! One lone rose-head nail positioned on the left side gives us a clue of the age; (late 1700 to the turn of the 19th century).
This piece has a convenient hole located at the top so it can also be hung or set in an old bowl. It is in good overall condition with just two tiny chips on the back lower edge and there are no cracks to report. The hand carved handle is smooth to the touch and exhibits the right amount of wear in the middle as it was held tightly to grate various spices. Tin was hand punched to create a rough surface for the “grating action” and the opening below released the end result (powder).
What is so unusual about this particular grater is the multi-purpose feature that allowed for sharpening knives on the back as shown in images 8, 9 & 10. The top and bottom front edges have been folded over while the right and left hand sides were crudely cut and nailed to the wooden base. There is a slight indent on the bottom area that does not conform exactly to a semi-circle configuration.
This grater is so special because of the rarity along with the early date. It is a must have for anyone who loves unusual antique pieces of kitchenware! Enjoy!
Grater stands 8 ½” tall, measures 2 ¼” across (middle location) measures 1” across the top of the handle and is 1 ½” deep (front to back).
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