Lot 104: Rare Hand-Carved Wooden Treenware Nutmeg Spice Mill
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December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Rare Hand-Carved Wooden Treenware Nutmeg Spice Mill
c. 1820s to 1830s, Hand-Carved Antique Wooden Treenware, Nutmeg/Spice Mill, 8" tall x 2" diameter, Choice Very Fine.
This actually used, Wooden Nutmeg/Spice Grinder is said to have been discovered stored away in a cellar of an old farmhouse. It was carved from a single piece of wood and is quite primitive looking with a wonderful, "Folk Art" Style. It has an old original patina with nice graining, old wormholes, and rich coloring plus lots of carving detail, especially on the top piece and the footed bottom. It shows plenty of age and honest wear, still sound and in useable condition.
The inside of this grinder has punched tin pieces to grate nutmeg, pepper and other spices. Although it hasn't been used in decades, it still has a wonderful aroma inside. Its overall height is 8 inches while the base diameter is 2 inches, although its not completely symmetrical. It's crude, imperfect style gives it so much charm and character, and has a handful of old wormholes. This is an authentic, quality item, perfect for a period display upon any old country cupboard, kitchen shelf or mantle.