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Nutmeg grater

Nutmeg grater

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt with tin grater

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    1374:1 to 4-1902

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 3 []

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

Nutmeg grater, silver, gilt, urn shaped of wavy outline, circular foot and screw cover finishing in a knob. Chased with rococo scrollwork and flowers. Inside is a steel grating plate.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt with tin grater

Marks and inscriptions

No marks


Diameter: 2.7 cm, Height: 5 cm

Descriptive line

Nutmeg grater with nutmeg, case and lid, silver, with rococo scrollwork and flowers, possibly made in England, 1800-1900


Silver; Tin


Chasing; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Scrollwork


Metalwork; Eating; Drinking; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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