Tobacco Cutter (La Corriveau in a Cage)

CMC PCD 95-049-036

Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Québec; nineteenth century; wrought iron, wood; 34 x 20 x 15.5 cm; Sharpe Collection. CMC 77-1055

The figurine on the hinge probably represents La Corriveau in a cage. Marie-Josephte Corriveau was hanged in 1763 for killing her husband, and, in accordance with English practice, her body was displayed in a cage for several weeks.

CMC PCD 94-338-016

This case gave rise to the Corriveau legend in the nineteenth century.