An early 1800s Fruitwood treen nutmeg grater in the shape of the wine bottle of the period. This one unscrews in the middle to reveal the grater and storage space for the nutmegs.
The cork turned in bone, at the top of the wine bottom is unusual as it lifts out and unscrews itself, presumably for storage of excess nutmeg which had been grated but not used.
These small antique nutmeg graters were carried around in pockets and used for grating nutmeg into mulled wine or punch. Nutmeg graters were a real status symbol. Around the middle of the 19th century the price of nutmeg began to drop and became more affordable.
Lovely figuring to the wood and in very good conditions with no cracks etc.
It measures 10cm h x 3.3cm w.