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S/4445 Antique Treen 18th Century Oak Snuff Rasp

A small and rare pocket sized oak snuff rasp of slender proportions, having a stepped face and carved with the word snuff. The underside for rasping, is carved with small holes and cross hatching in two different sizes, with one end deeply carved with the initials I.M. or W.I. depending on which way it is viewed. All this is contained within a recessed lined border.

Rasps usually have a metal grater, but in this instance one rubs the leaves against the face with ones finger, and it actually works, as we can confirm it produces finely ground snuff.

Sold 5 in. (12.5 cm.) Wide
1 in. (2.5 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1720