A Fine Late Eighteenth Century Nutmeg grater c. 1770.
This rare item was produced in Staffordshire in around 1770. Formed as an egg, it is decorated with faux wigglework, a decorative technique more usually associated with silver. The top screws off and within lies the grater, which in turn can be removed. The ancient piece of nutmeg can be supplied, but is not recommended for use! Designed as a gift item, the top bears the motto “Trifles shew Respect”, a charming example of the vagaries of eighteenth century spelling. The ground colour is a very pleasing shade of green.
This delightful and rare enamel is 4.5cm long and 3cm in diameter at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in fine condition, showing only the wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.