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”
Mary Elliott, probably the widow of plateworker Thomas Elliott, no mention of apprenticeship or freedom. Working until 1695/6.