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Spice Box

Decorative Arts and Design

MAKER Unknown
  • Place Made: Germany
  • DATES early 20th century with some earlier elements
    DIMENSIONS 11 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (29.2 x 7 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Maker's marks: one obliterated, one "V.N.W. & Co."
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Perlmann
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver repoussé steeple-form spice container for use in the Habdalah (Sabbath) service. Tapered steeple surmounted by ball finial and flag. Octagonal base, openwork gallery with bell, flags in standards at four corners. Repoussé and engraved blossom decoration. Steeple-top removable (to form candlestick?), latticed bottom section to contain spices. Top bears name of owner (Joseph Levi) and is obviously older and of different workmanship. Condition: Fair, repaired and cleaned in 1950 by Stephen Ensko.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Unknown. Spice Box, early 20th century with some earlier elements. Silver, 11 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (29.2 x 7 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Perlmann, 50.68. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.68_bw.jpg)
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