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Jan

Myristiciverousness

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Victoriana

The November, 1907 issue of The Connoisseur: a magazine for collectors, illustrated features an article by Guy Oswald Smith entitled “Silver Nutmeg Graters or Spice Boxes”. Before reading same, I was wholly ignorant of the 19th Century habit of carrying a small nutmeg grater about one’s person for purposes of spicing food and drink, and (according to L. F. Newman’s Folklore) as “a carminative to relieve flatulence and dyspepsia”. My personal experience with the noxious nut, and the similarity these fascinating gewgaws have to snuff boxen, leads me to suspect it served other ends. In any case, it’s a habit which could bear revival, if only for the pleasure to be taken in the equipage.

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