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Object Name Splitter, Straw
Catalog Number 0985.13.00614
Description The straw cutter consists of three stacked squares of wood with a round hole through the center of each. The squares are gradually smaller as they are stacked from bottom to top. The center opening is bisected by four blades, one piece free and pointed toward the top of the opening. Written lightly in pencil on base, largely illegible, "...A.S.W. ..." ; written in ink, "Straw splitter".
Material wood ; metal
Dimensions H-1.75 W-4 inches
Owned owner/user unknown
Provenance A straw cutter was a tool used to cut the straw in preparing it for weaving into bonnets and hats.
Search Terms ersatz
Subjects Straw hats
Straw industries