Items from a Traditional Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Kitchen These items are nearly all in the collection of Nº 1 Royal Crescent Museum in Bath. They were collected by Hugh Roberts and donated to the Museum. Some of the items bear a resemblance to those used in our kitchens today. However Box irons were filled with coals and must have been very heavy and cumbersome unlike our modern irons.
The graters were made on a great variety of styles and shapes and were in use throughout the first half of the Victorian era. The most frequent shape was the rectangular form with hinged cover and base, but also the barrel shape unscrewing at the center and with a silver rimmed metal grater was highly popular.
A Victorian silver nutmeg grater, by Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham 1881, stylised melon form, with alternate bands of plain and foliate scroll decoration, the hinged cover opens to reveal a hinged grille, length 4.2cm, approx. weight 0.7oz.