This antique hand-crank grinder is made of tamarisk wood, with hand-engraved silver melange adornment, hand carved 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 but four are 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 a combination of metalwork techniques: extensive embossed brass, hand-hammered by a native; repousse silver melange; and hand-stamped brass. These three 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 tamarisk wood. This objet d'art is entirely handmade by native Moroccan Berber artisans. It is early 20th century, passed down through generations of families.
23cm x 12cm x 14cm
Early 20th century