A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20

22 January 2021 • New York

A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20
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A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20

A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Starting bid:

7,000

USD

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

5 days, 13 hours

5 days, 13 hours

January 22, 06:10 PM (GMT)

January 22, 06:10 PM (GMT)

Description

A Rare Silver Nutmeg Grater, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20


of oval form, hinged cover and base, the latter with flush hinge, steel rasp, geometric engraved lines to top and bottom

marked on top and base covers P. BENTZON capitals in rectangle, that on base with P not visible (behind hinge)

2 oz. including steel grater

68 g

width 2 1/8 in.

5.39 cm

Condition report

Some general wear; cover with flange seams starting to open; tool marks around edge of metal grater where it has been re-set, base with some minor dings, multiple short scratches to one end, otherwise good, marks clear.


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Provenance

Descended in the Tetens family of St. Croix and Denmark, probably from an ancestor who was a sea captain in the early 19th century, sailing between Denmark, Guinea in West Africa, and the West Indies (including St. Croix, then under Danish control); according to family accounts, he married a Caribbean woman of color.
Being sold directly from the family.