Spice Box

Rectangular, japanned and gilt-stenciled, lidded box with hasp lock on front and two hinges at back; interior is divided into seven graduated compartments numbered on the inside of the flat lid. Box front and lid have symmetrical floral designs in silver and gold; sides and back appear to be plain. One-piece lid with rolled rim; box is made of five pieces with soft-soldered, folded edges and has a folded rim with bead below. No handle. No marks.
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Object Name
box, spice
date made
ca 1850
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (exterior and interior finish material)
gold (exterior and interior decoration material)
silver (exterior and interior decoration material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 9 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 24.765 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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