This exceptional antique German silver spice box has been modelled in the form of a tower.
The tiered cylindrical spice box is ornamented with exceptional silver filigree work within a plain geometric frame.
This impressive example of antique silverware is fitted with a hinged door accented with a plain loop fingerpiece with a plain lozenge shaped terminal.
The upper portion of this impressive silver spice tower* is embellished with a knopped tapering chute, encompassed with bands of tooled decoration and terminating with a large undulating guidon flag design.
The spice compartment surmounts a cylindrical tapering pedestal, reflecting the same ornamentation to the chute, to a circular spreading base.
The hallmarks to the foot of this German silver spice tower include:
National mark: Crescent moon and crown
Silver quality/purity mark: 800 (800/1000)
Maker's mark: H. Meyen & Co
* A spice box is used to hold sweet-smelling herbs/spices and can be fashioned in many forms. As of the 16th century a very common form is that of a tower, influenced by developments in architecture. The spice tower is used to bring comfort to a Jew as they transition through Sabbath to their new week, receiving their extra soul known as a 'neshama yetera'
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Maker: H. Meyen & Co.