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Nutmeg grater

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This narrow, cylindrical, seamed form has an applied circular base that is slightly larger than the vessel. A molded strengthening band soldered slightly below a scalloped rim serves as a guard for a deep lid that is similarly seamed and capped. The cylindrical, seamed, metal grater is scalloped...

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Engraved "Mary / Storer / 1770" in italics on the circular lid, and "M * S" in shaded roman capitals on base of cylinder.


Inside of lid and on bottom of case, stamped "S [pellet] S [pellet] C" within a cartouche having a shaped top.


Early history unknown. On loan by the donor to the Museum since 1952 and given in 1973.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Elizabeth Morford in memory of her late partner Lucy Massenburg

18th century, 1770

Object Place

Probably Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 7 x 2.2 cm, 0.04 kg (2 3/4 x 7/8 in., 0.09 lb.)

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Silver hollowware