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Items wanted to photograph





After decades of work, I had hoped to publish a booklet on the mechanical nutmeg graters from Essex County Massachusetts. Although a very interesting story, there seems to be little interest among collectors or from publishers. Still, I remain hopeful in this dream ~

Because there are some missing pieces, maybe webSite viewers might assist me. These WANTED TO PHOTOGRAPH (to the left) describes in detail the exact images I seek to create as illustrations for this anthology. Can you help?

Because styles and production periods of nutmeg graters range so widely, to self-publish several focused booklets on nutmeg graters is more approachable (and affordable) than to produce a single definitive text. As time goes, I would like to publish additional volumes about nutmeg graters ~ if there becomes enough interest!

Unr shape nutmeg grater with lettered crest
                                                         Thank you for helping.    J. Klopfer


Several of these identical urn nutmeg graters are known, all bearing the same crest ~ a bird above the shield which contains an unusual lettering symbol.  The significance of the letter symbol and of the bird symbolism has not yet been determined. 

Silver Urn Nutmeg Grater with Unusal lettered crest




Combination Tool With nutmeg grater


Several of these combination tools with nutmeg grater are known among collectors, but historical information about them is lacking.  A built~in receptacle neatly stores a nutmeg in its own container inside and when the cover is inserted, the heart shaped cookie cutter on the inside lid abuts the receptacle, securing the nutmeg in place.  It is wondered what was the intended purpose for the remaining internal container... storage?

Combination Tool with Nutmeg Grater    



Milk Carton with mechanical nutmeg grater

The identity of this nutmeg grater (below and on the milk carton) remains unknown among nutmeg grater collectors.  The top of its cover is badly rusted leaving legible only four letters "...HERS"

Does anyone have an example that is readable?  We would love to know anything about this nutmeg grater. We will gladly post any of your comments.  If you can help us, let us hear from you.  Thanks!