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earlier 1800s through Civil War era COFFIN NUTMEG GRATER

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The configuration of this little tin nutmeg grater with its storage compartment for the nut, has given the grater a distinctive shape resulting classification of the type by collectors as a coffin style grater. This example is handmade of tinned sheet iron. This attractive period example sports a small wire loop for hanging and remains in pleasing original condition with some remains of the old japanning finish with a partially used nut in the storage compartment. A popular condiment from the colonial era through the Civil War period, grated nutmeg was commonly used on meat to offset any offensive taste due to age. A nut was thus frequently considered a desirable carry-along when traveling. So desirable in fact that in the earlier times unscrupulous types were known to carve fake nutmegs for sale or trade with the unwary. Too long a story I suppose but such trivia is part of what we have loved about our antiquing all these years. As with all direct sales, we are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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