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Object ID # 1959.008.004
Object Name Grater, Spice
Title Nutmeg Grater
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Early 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Hand-held tinware nutmeg grater, early 20th-century. It has a hole at the top, which is handy for hanging it up on a nail for storage. The top is semi-circular and made of the same type of sheet tin as the back piece. The edges are folded to hold the front piece of tin, which has been punched (perforated) to provide the grating surface. The front has been bent in a semi-circular shape, which narrows towards the bottom to collect the gratings. On the top of the front is a compartment, perhaps to hold nutmegs. This compartment has a hinged tin lid. No maker's identification present.
Makers mark None
Provenance The precise age of this nutmeg grater is not known, but it apparently originally belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Louis and Rosina Eydt, who farmed in the Moggie area of Holland Township, Grey County, in the 1890s, and later lived at Hanover, Grey County. The subsequent owner was their daughter, Rosina Hartwich (née Eydt). She was 80 years old in 1959.
Collection Food Processing Tools & Equipment
Material Metal
Dimensions W-5 L-14 D-2.5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Eydt, Louis
Hartwich, Rosina
Function A kitchen implement used for grating nutmeg or other spices by hand.
In a 1902 Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue, a similar-looking item, called a "box grater" is illustrated. The spring & summer 1901 T. Eaton catalogue also illustrates one, calling it a nutmeg grater, priced at three cents (see p. 160-161).