George III Antique Sterling Silver Nutmeg Grater
George III Antique Sterling Silver Nutmeg Grater

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Antique Silver George III Nutmeg Grater made in 1799


An impressive George III sterling silver nutmeg grater of plain rectangular form. The grater has a hinged lid which has shaped corners.

Date 1799
Made By Thomas Willmore
Location Birmingham
Stock Number W207x2

Out of stock

Maker: Thomas Willmore

An impressive George III antique sterling silver nutmeg grater of plain rectangular form. The grater has a hinged lid which has shaped corners. The hinged hallmarked cover opens to reveal the steel grating grille.

The underside of the box bears a secondary hallmarked flush hinged cover, which allows access to the grated nutmeg. The flush hinge indicates the high quality of the piece.

Dimensions: height 2 cm, length 3.5 cm, width 2.5 cm

A nutmeg grater is a device used to grate a nutmeg seed. Nutmeg graters are normally metal, cylindrical or half-cylindrical, the surface perforated with small rasped holes. The nutmeg is passed over the surface to grate. The grater may be combined with a compartment for storing the nutmeg seed between uses.

In the late 17th century, nutmeg and nutmeg graters became associated with drinking punch – at that time a fashionable alcoholic beverage. Through the 18th century, it was the fashion for men to carry nutmeg in a pocket-sized silver container, equipped with a grater, in order to add freshly grated nutmeg to punch.

Thomas Willmore

Thomas Willmore, an original member of the Birmingham Assay Office since its establishment in 1773.

Thomas’ first mark was used between 1773 and 1801 in partnership with James Alston – though they both worked independently.

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Delivery Charges:
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For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

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