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Maker(s):Kedder, Thomas
Culture:British; English
Title:Nutmeg grater with tulip motif
Date Made:ca. 1700
Type:Food Processing
Materials:Silver; molded and engraved
Place Made:Europe; United Kingdom; Great Britain; England; London
Measurements:Overall: 1 1/16 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 5/8 in; 2.7 cm x 3 cm x 4.1 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1986.33.66
Credit Line:Bequest of Josephine Purtscher Fellows (Class of 1924)
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Description:
Silver tear-shaped box with borders in scratch engraving on both covers. Tulip with two long leaves on top cover and very simple form of a Tudor rose and initials "MR" on bottom cover. Two heavy three-lug hinges are set on the back and join between the hinges. Covers close on raise ribs and fixed silver grater punched to follow casing.
From original card: William and Mary. Double lid. By "TK" (Thomas Kedder). Tulip cover. From Gilber Rayner Collection, Lake Forest. Teardrop-shaped.

Label Text:
Nutmeg was a rare and valuable spice used sparingly for medicinal and curative purposes. The grater is engraved with a tulip, a rose, and the initials “MR.”

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