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WILLIAM & MARY / WILLIAM III SILVER 'TEARDROP' NUTMEG GRATER

Thomas Kedder , c1690

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690 

 

Of good gauge silver, the desirable teardrop form,
having a hinged opening to both the top and base,
the cover with tulip and a Tudor Rose, with nut storage space inside,
the base the hinged base opening to a metal rasp

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690, maker's mark TK

 

Condition : Excellent for age and usage, the hinges are in good stead and close flush,

with slight looseness through age and use; usual minor surface scratches and small dents inside

 

The earliest nutmeg graters originated in England in the early 1600s.
Small "pocket nutmeg graters", began to appear in the mid-1600s,

first as one-piece silver tubes, and next as the rare teardrop graters. Both are objects rare survivors.
And only the wealthiest might have owned one.

 

During the 17th century, nutmeg was extremely coveted -

valuable in not only adding seasoning to food and drink,

but was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties.

However, the entire nutmeg trade was controlled by the Dutch,

and imported Indonesia's Dutch-owned Banda Islands -- at a great expense.

The spice was so important that the Dutch, in 1674, agreed to trade the entire island of Manhattan

(then New Amsterdam) for a small British island (Granada) whereon the British grew just a few nutmeg trees.

Among the most popular uses for nutmeg was flavoring for "punch", wine and ciders.

Elite gentlemen would carry in their vest pockets a small silver grater,

with their personal nutmeg supply, thereby exhibiting both their wealth – and sophistication,
especially to the nearby ladies!

 

During the 18th and 19th centuries, graters – and nutmeg – became much more available

and were made in many materials, including treen, enamel, ivory, brass and gold.

 

1" High / 1.25" Long (closed) / 3.25" (fully open) / .7 oz.

 

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William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690 

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690 

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690 

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690    William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690 

 

William & Mary / William III Silver Teardrop Nutmeg Grater, Tudor Rose and Tulip, Thomas Kedder , c1690, hinges

 

 


 

Also See :

 

William & Mary / William III Silver 'Teardrop' Nutmeg Grater, c1690-1700,

the cover with scratched owner’s initials 'L*H'

William & Mary Silver Tubular Nutmeg Grater, Thomas Kedder, London c1690,

the cover with a Tulip

 

 


 

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