This is an Estate Fresh ANTIQUE SUPER RARE 1797 STERLING SILVER DOMED LID NUTMEG GRATER made by SAMUEL PEMBERTON of BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND. Lovely example of a George III nutmeg grater by the renowned silversmith Samuel Pemberton. The cylindrical body has a dome shaped pull off cover. It has clear bright cut decoration, classis with his pre-1800's work.
When removed the Domed cover reveals the Nutmeg holder, which is in excellent condition. The Birmingham & SP hallmarks are clear with the Duty mark. Hard to see the date mark, though most of his bright cut design Graters were from the mid to late 1790's. This piece is 1.25" tall and is 7/8" in diam. There are a few other examples found on line with a little digging.
Their work is highly prized as master Silversmiths at the time. A little history on these High Quality Silversmiths.. There were at least three generations of Samuel Pemberton's working as jewelers, toymakers and silversmiths in Birmingham in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries, possibly fathers and sons, but if not, they were extended family. The first lived from about 1704 to 1784, the second from 1738 to 1803, and the third from about 1771 to 1836. It is the two latter whose silver survives in museums and private collections.Pemberton was long established as a name in both precious and non-precious metal trades in Birmingham. A Thomas Pemberton was working as a goldsmith in the early 1600s (will dated 1640), and John Pemberton became a very wealthy iron founder from the late 1600s, and lived in a.
On what is now Colmore Row. His son, Thomas, developed the site. From the mid 1770s to at least the 1820s the Samuel Pemberton workshops were on Snow Hill, the heart of the jewelry and toy making district at that time, before, what is now, the Jewellery Quarter came into being. This (second) Samuel Pemberton was also one of the three main toymakers mounting Jasper intaglios for Josiah Wedgwood and Thomas Bentley.
From about 1812 to 1821, the third Samuel and his son (possibly Thomas) partnered with Roger Mitchell. At this time they were described as'jewellers, silversmiths, and watch and time-piece makers' at Snow Hill.
The second and third Pemberton's also produced a great deal of silver filigree work starting around 1800. My descriptions are solely there to assist buyers finding the items and are not a guaranteed accurate description of the item in all cases. If you do need information I have neglected to include, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. The item "SUPER RARE 1797 STERLING SILVER DOMED NUTMEG GRATER SAMUEL PEMBERTON BIRMINGHAM" is in sale since Monday, April 19, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver". The seller is "mstiques" and is located in Bernalillo, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.