Antique German Silver Spice Tower
Date: Circa 1890
Of Jewish interest. A large continental silver spice box in the form of a medieval tower with a turret surmounted...
Of Jewish interest. A large continental silver spice box in the form of a medieval tower with a turret surmounted by a cockerel. All over gilded. The top 2 sections, each containing a bell, sit above the spice box which has pierced and engraved decoration. The box has a drop-down door with scroll catch.
Weight 286 grams, 9.1 troy ounces.
Height 32 cm.
Continental silver marks. Possibly Hanau, Germany.
Literature. The spice tower is used to hold spices which fill the air at a Jewish Havdalah ceremony. This marks the conclusion of the Sabbath at sunset on Saturday. The open work design allows the scents to escape, sweetening the transition back to the regular routine of the working week.
The silver box is in very good condition. Stamped with continental silver marks inside the door and underneath the tower. The gilt is bright and shows no signs of wear. There are a few minor dents.
No maker assigned
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