Antique 18th Century Bilston Enamel Egg Nutmeg Grater Bonbonniere English Circa 1780 Missing Grater
A gorgeous pink enamel ground Staffordshire egg with a white raised decoration. We see an oval central cartouche with hand painted enamel floral decoration that is repeated to front , back and the top of the screw lid. This wonderful item was made during the last quarter of 18th century and although now often referred to as a bonbonierre/ sweet box it was in fact most probably made for storing nutmeg, which once grated was essential to sprinkle over one's punch beverage. Nutmeg graters in enamel or silver became highly fashionable and an absolutely essential item of equipage during the 18th century.
Size: 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) height and 1.25" (3.5 cm) diameter. The inside of the egg has some minuscule cracks and a small 1/8" area of exposed copper, but is otherwise in good condition..
Condition: As is so common with delicate George III period enamel over copper objects, there is some old historic damage/ losses to the front cartouche, one side and the top of the lid. The inner grater is also missing. This item has not been cleaned or restored, it is an oh so pretty example of Georgian enamel ware.
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