This story is now published as part of the anthology ‘Loyal and True’.
Doris found it in a junk shop in Prague.
It had been there for some time.
The owner did not remember buying it so it must have been in the shop when he bought it and that was back in the 1930s.
Doris was intrigued.
She took it to a dealer who specialised in cheese graters.
It meant a trip to Paris, but she had an itch that needed scratching so Paris it was going to be. The dealer said he needed a bit of time, so she left it with him and came back the next day.
She could tell that he was trying to contain his excitement.
The grater was a prototype, handmade by the inventor of the cheese grater, Henri Le Clerk.
It was priceless!
Le Clerk was driven to invent the cheese grater because his wife was sick and tired of scraping her fingers on the sandpaper that everyone used to grate cheese before the invention of the cheese grater.
Henri Le Clerk never got around to putting a patent on the cheese grater. Like Howard Florey who developed penicillin and Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine, he simply gave it to the world.
His wife was proud of him, and that was enough to make him happy.