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English Enamel Nutmeg Grater Pocket Size
Fabulous and rare antique english enamel nutmeg grater in glorious shamrock green. Dainty sprigs of handpainted flowers embellish the egg shaped box. The top unscrews to reveal the metal grater which pulls out to hold the nutmeg. These pocket size graters were made so that people of the 18th and early 19th century could carry nutmeg (worth its weight in gold) in their pockets or purse to grate it into their drinks---a brew of rum or brandy, fruit juice, sugar, and water laced with grated nutmeg. The enamel ones are quite rare, as you find more of the sterling silver ones. This one dates to c. 1775-1820. It measures approximately 1 7/8" long by 1 1/8" wide. It is in very good antique condition with one tiny blemish and some crazing in the enamel--all to be expected in an item of this age. These small boxes are wonderful to collect and display in a collection. And they don't take up much space! This one is truly special.
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