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An exceptionally rare naturalistic Clam Shell Nutmeg Grater made in Birmingham in 1870 by Hilliard & Thomason

£ 2,950

This very fine piece is one of the rarest of the naturalistic nutmeg grater designs and was made by the superior silversmiths Hilliard & Thomason. The Nutmeg Grater is realistically modelled as a Clam Shell and displays a very crisp textured surface to simulate the exterior of the shell and opens up to reveal the silver rimmed steel grater. This example is in excellent crisp condition and is fully marked on the bezel and with the Queen's Head Duty mark on the silver rim of the grater. Clam Shell Nutmeg Graters are exceptionally rare and this is only the second we have offered over all of the years and they nearly always come from the workshops of Hilliard & Thomason. A near identical example is contained within the Robert & Meredith Green Collection of Nutmeg Graters and is shown on page 41 of the catalogue.

Length: 1.65 inches, 4.13cm.
Width: 1.45 inches, 3.63cm.
Depth: 1.45 inches, 3.63cm.