A rare egg-form pocket nutmeg grater, marked for Samuel Meriton 1st, and engraved with a period date "July 1776". Egg shaped, each half expertly constructed without a seam -a remarkable feat of silversmithing- holding a removable steel grater with a silver mount. Engraved with a contemporaneous monogram and the date, "July 1776" around the top part, the lower part entirely plain. Marks: Struck with only a maker's mark on the inside of the lid. It's indistinct, but an S and a pellet mark are legible, which fits for Samuel Meriton I (active 1747- circa 1777) a well known maker of these egg form nutmeg graters and one of the few who had the skill to make them.Due to a quirk of silver hallmarking laws at the time, this is a rare occasion. When an object was exempted from being assayed and dated, so no lion, date letter or duty mark. In 1739, the English "Statutes at Large" exempted a specific list of small silver or gold items, including nutmeg graters, by reason of the smallness or thinness thereof are not capable of receiving the marks... Without damaging, prejudicing or defacing the same. In 1790 the law was changed again and nutmeg graters were no longer exempted, hence it's almost impossible to find an example older than 1790 with anything other than a maker's mark. The absence of the normal marks is a nice indication of its date and authenticity. Date: 1776 or possibly a little earlier. No thinning, excessive wear or damage. The two halves friction-fit together well but the original screw threading is worn.
Many small bumps, particularly around the'little end', none of them distracting. Tiny marks and scratches expected of 240-plus year old silver. Please refer to photos for cosmetic condition. Nutmeg grater measures 4.4cm (1.75inches) long.
Diameter 3.0 cm (1.2 inches). Just a quick glance at my feedback should set your mind at rest, as many buyers are kind enough to mention how pleased they were with the way their item was packed. There are no hidden extra charges.
The item "Rare George III Sterling Silver Nutmeg Grater Holder Egg Form Samuel Meriton 1st" is in sale since Sunday, November 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "caarascup" and is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.