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antique traveling NUTMEG GRATER

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Fresh seasoning was a premium to the pallet in Colonial America through the Civil War and into the later 19th century. By that time improved refrigeration and food preservation reduced the common use of seasoning to something more pleasurable than masking the taint of gone buy food. Salt and pepper were the most commonly used seasonings with the heavy use of salt as a drying agent and preservative the most familiar. Next in line, not as a preservative but as a masking agent was the nutmeg. So prized was the nutmeg in the 18th century that the walnut size woody seed was commonly used as tender for trade and bartering. This traveling grater with its’ lidded storage compartment for the pungent little nut falls in the waining days of the time when the nutmeg was so well thought of that fakes were carved from dark hardwood for trade. A neat piece of Americana of the Civil War period, this example retains much of its’ original japanning lacquer finish. (illustrated here with a U.S. quarter for size comparison) A neat common item seldom considered worthy of preservation original period examples are seldom encountered in this condition. A neat little personal item for the Civil War haversack without spending a lot of money. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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