ProvenanceHandcrafted by Friedrich Scheemilch of Hahndorf (grandfather of donor Mrs Schubert) for use as cabbage grater. The family grew cabbages for sauerkraut (pickled cabbage). Cabbage was grated and then pickled in vinegar and spices in large earthenware jars, and usually stored in a cool cellar for use throughout the year in food preparation and consumption. The grater was used by Mrs Schubert’s parents until 1935.SignificanceAn interesting example of a homemade tool. Representative of continued German culture and food preservation practice in South Australia.DescriptionBlades are made from sections of scythe blades, in keeping with German tradition of resourcefulness on the farm.
The scythe blades have been inserted into a hole made in a piece of softwood. Nails used to hold blades in place. The softwood has handle-shape at one end with hole in it to allow the grater to be hung on kitchen wall. The softwood piece is raised with strips of wood to allow cabbage to be grated onto a surface underneath. Strips of wood on top of grater probably helped person grating to hold it steady.Creator (person)Creator (organisation)AcknowledgementDate of Creationc1860Date of UsageAccession NumberHT 1989.0148
Image FilenameHT1989-0148_CI57672.jpgCopyrightHistory Trust of South AustraliaLicenseCC-BYCreative Commonshttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/Usage Restrictionscredit photographerPhotographerRachel Harris, Bit Scribbly Design