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Extremely Rare George III Silver Nutmeg Grater Liverpool (Chester Hallmark) made in 1773


An extraordinarily rare Chester hallmarked George III Silver Nutmeg Grater of rectangular form, with a plain body and beaded thumbpiece.

Date 1773
Made By John Wyke & Thomas Green
Location Chester
Stock Number OB182x8
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Maker: John Wyke & Thomas Green

An extraordinarily rare Chester hallmarked George III Silver Nutmeg Grater of rectangular form, with a plain body and beaded thumbpiece.

It has a hinged cover and base with an interior steel grater.

The nutmeg grater bears the Chester hallmark for 1773 and is marked on both the lid and the base in correct fashion.

The grater was made by the partnership of John Wyke and Thomas Green who were working in Liverpool in Dale Street. There is a blue plaque referencing John Wyke who lived and worked there 1720-1787.

It is in superb condition and is only the second eighteenth century Chester hallmarked nutmeg grater we have handled  in over forty years ; the other one was of tubular form of a similar period by Richard Richardson.

This is clearly the nutmeg grater referenced in Maurice Ridgway Chester silver book (1727-1837)-and is almost certainly the nutmeg grater sold at Sotheby’s in July 1981 (see in pictures).

Dimensions, length 3.75 cm, width 2.6 cm, height 2.1 cm.

Weight, 1.15 troy oz   including the  steel grille.

John Wyke & Thomas Green

John Wyke

In the 1773 Report on Assay Offices the name of John Wyke (though the Minutes Clerk mistook the name and wrote White) is coupled with that of his partner Thomas Green of Liverpool, amongst other silversmiths and plate workers who had entered their marks at Chester and who were alive at the time.

Wyke and Green were both watchmakers, hence their combined marks IW above TG incuse, normally associated with watchmakers, but as with many watchcase makers they were responsible on occasions for making small articles in silver. The names are listed by Jackson on page 377 under 1773.

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