The Gratest Nutmeg Collection

The Gratest Nutmeg Collection

This year Grey-Harris & Co will be exhibiting well over 500 nutmeg graters from around the world, substantially in silver, gold, enamel and treen, with the addition of the illustrated reference book, ‘Nutmeg. Graters, Pomanders and Spice Boxes’, by Dr John Reckless.

Containing over 4000 photographs and associated information on the history of the nutmeg grater, it will be available for reference during the exhibition. The book, over 10 years in the writing, follows the author’s quarter of a century of collecting.  

This is a rare opportunity for the public to view such an important collection of graters, pomanders and ephemera drawn from private collections, many not previously exhibited. It’s especially interesting as the nutmeg and the grater have such a fascinating history. Once, nutmeg was worth its weight in gold. For much of human history, the tiny Banda Islands in the deep oceans of eastern Indonesia were the only source of this esteemed spice.

The Gratest Nutmeg CollectionDuring the 16th century apothecaries used it extensively as a basis for many remedies. By the 17th century its use as a spice in drinks and food became fashionable. Nutmeg was often carried in pocket-sized silver containers, equipped with a grater so it could be added to punch.  

This free exhibition will be running from 7th – 22nd October 2022, 10am – 4pm. 1st floor gallery of Grey-Harris & Co. , Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BP. Admission free – numbers will be limited, although pre- booked entry can be arranged.

For more information contact the gallery on +44 (0)117-973 7365 or email [email protected].


Grey-Harris & Co
12 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton
United Kingdom