Early 1900s Moroccan Hand Crank Coffee Grinder Silver, Ebony, Coins Functional For Sale
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Early 1900s Moroccan Hand Crank Coffee Grinder Silver, Ebony, Coins Functional

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This antique hand-crank grinder is made of ebony wood, with hand-engraved silver melange adornment, hand carved camel bone embellishments, and numerous antique coins. Entirely handmade, this grinder was used by southern Morocco nomads while traveling and crossing the Sahara desert. We sourced the item from Zagora, Morocco, where the item has been handed down through generations. The coins are pounded and worn, but one is identifiable as a bronze mazuna, circa 1911-1921. Each side has an evil eye symbol with two antique coins and framed in shaped silver borders. The top is extensive etched brass, hand-hammered by a native craftsman, with stones of lapis lazuli, malachite, and faux coral adorning each corner. Etched pieces are crudely adjoined with molten silver and affixed to the wood with small round-head metal nails. One side of the lid opens, and the brass handle turns easily. Used for grinding coffee or spices, this objet d'art is still fully functional. The lower drawer is removable, and has two antique coin accents. The drawer pull is copal resin. This objet d'art is entirely handmade by native Moroccan Berber artisans. It is early 20th century, passed down through generations of families.

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  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    Morocco
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 1900s
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 12.6 in. x W 6.7 in. x D 5.52 in.H 32 cm x W 17 cm x D 14 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU4404214390192
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