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First introduced in the UK towards the end of the 17th Century, silver nutmeg graters were a stylish accessory used when creating the much enjoyed drink of punch, and were generally kept at home, and termed ‘Kitchen’ graters. During the 18th Century it became fashionable for gentlemen to carry a pocket sized nutmeg grater in their pocket, to enable nutmeg to be taken with them, and as a show of wealth. Novelty designs, and early examples in good condition are rare and very collectible today.
Hallmarked In 1804
Hallmarked in London in 1804 by John Reily, this handsome, George III, Antique Sterling Silver Nutmeg Grater, is simple in form with curved sides, an original engraved crest and initial 'W' on the lid. The nutmeg grater measures 1"(2.5cm) tall, by 1.75"(4.5cm) wide, by 1"(2.5cm) deep and weighs 1 troy ounce.
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