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Snuff Grater

Snuff Grater

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Oblong grater with two rounded ends, incurved sides, and a double-lidded, flat top hinged off-center; the longer and larger lid is engraved with a four-lobed flower or rose flanked by two flaming hearts beneath banner "CE SONT LES AMOUR QUI FONT NOS BAUS(?) JOUR" and opens to a zig-zag pierced rasp, while the smaller lid has a five-lobed flower or rose and opens to an empty compartment for shavings. One-piece bottom has angled sides and a flat well. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
place made
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
steel (rasp material)
overall: 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in;.9525 cm x 15.875 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Miss Elizabeth S. Stevens
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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