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William and Mary Silver Nutmeg Grater

Date: Circa 1690

Maker: Mary Elliott

Country: England

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A William and Mary teardrop shape silver nutmeg grater with steel rasp. With a hinged lid either side. One lid is engraved with a tulip flower, the other has no engraving.

Weight 37 grams, 1.1 troy ounce.

Height 2 cm. Top 4.2 x 3 cm. Spread across the hinge 4.5 cm.

Stamped inside of the lids with makers mark only “ME” conjoined between pellets, bird above, cinquefoil below, in lozenge shaped shield. Probably Mary Elliott.

Circa 1690. Mark references Jackson 1989 p.144.04, David Mitchell “Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London”

Literature. The tulip motif was popular during this period, as William of Orange (Netherlands) had taken the throne of England, as William III, with his wife Queen Mary II.

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