Nutmeg was the quintessential spice of the 18th century. It was so popular that people often carried personal graters in their pockets or bags – a practice that continued well into the 19th century. This grater is a replica of one found, of all places, in the joint of a summer beam in a 1740s barn that was being dismantled by a timber salvage company. Undoubtedly, it was regretfully lost by its original owner. When the new owner opened the grater, he discovered half of a nutmeg still inside! Handmade by Brazier Peter Goebel of beautiful cherry wood and hot-dipped tin. It measures 4-1/4" long by 1-1/2" wide.