Description: An ingenious mechanical nutmeg grater. Hinged halves open to insert nutmeg into a spring loaded compartment. When closed nutmeg is forced against a grinding wheel turned by an exterior handle.
Cast into the side is: "Patented June 7, 1870".
Appears to have original black painted surface. Overall 4" long. Item #DA00176.
Condition: Probably originally had a wooden knob at the end of the handle. Otherwise very good condition and perfectly operational.