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Nutmeg grater

Nutmeg grater

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1821-1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rawlings, Charles (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with tin grater and hinged lids

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Guy and Rupert Oswald Smith

  • Museum number:

    M.931:1, 2-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A nutmeg grater is an implement for grating nutmeg (to be applied on punch, toddy or other hot beverages, or on meat or other food), used principally during the period 1780-1840. There were two types: (1) portable, made in a variety of shapes such as a cylindrical tube, a circular, oval or rectangular box, a teardrop, heart, egg, urn or rum keg and: (2) table type, half cylindrical or canoe shaped. Inside there was a space for the whole nutmeg, an iron or steel grater and sometimes space for storing grated nutmeg. Many examples bear a monogram but few a crest.

Physical description

Rectangular nutmeg grater with hinged lid lengthways and smaller hinged lid on base, ring attachment at end. With case.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1821-1822 (made)


Rawlings, Charles (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver with tin grater and hinged lids

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1821-2

Mark of Charles Rawlings


Height: 1.6 cm, Length: 8.2 cm, Width: 2.8 cm

Descriptive line

Nutmeg grater, silver, made by Charles Rawlings, London, 1821-1822


Silver; Tin


Metalwork; Eating; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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