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Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver spice tower; an addition to our silver Judaica collection

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Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880
Antique Silver Spice Tower
Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880

Description


This exceptional antique Russian silver spice box has been modelled in the form of a tower.


The rounded waisted shaped spice box is ornamented with impressive embossed foliate and scrolling leaf decoration, accented with a matte texture.


This impressive vessel is fitted with a hallmarked hinged door accented with a plain fingerpiece and incorporated latch.


The upper portion of this impressive silver spice tower* is embellished with plain silver supports to form a bell tower incorporating an articulated functional bell.


This bell tower is surmounted with a tapering chute ornamented with engraved ornamentation and terminating with a large hallmarked undulating shaped flag.


The spice compartment supports four hallmarked silver bells and surmounts a circular knopped pedestal to a square collet style base.


The hallmarks to the surface of the square base include:

Maker's Mark: Reiner (Abraham Reiner/Абрахам Реинер)

Assay mark: O.C 1880 (Josef Sosnkowski/Осип Сосоковский)

Silver quality/purity mark: 84 (84 zolotniks**)

City Mark: Warsaw*** (Варщава)


Such original Russian antique silver spice towers are becoming increasingly difficult to locate.


* 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'


** 84 zolotniki is equivalent to 875/1000 or .875 standard silver


*** Warsaw is located in Poland; however from 1852-1899 there was an Imperial Russian Assay office within the city and they produced items bearing the Imperial Eagle as their City mark.


View the rull range of antique silverware at AC Silver


Date: 1880

Condition


This antique silver spice tower is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality, and in exceptional condition.

The Russian hallmarks struck to the surface of the base, in addition to the part hallmarks to the flag and door are all very clear.


Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of antique Judaica silverware.


Dimensions


Height 25.9cm/10.2"

Length 9cm/3.5"

Width 7cm/2.8"


Weight


7.9 troy ounces/245g


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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