Spice Box

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Circular spice box with scrolled hasp lock on front, domed lid with wire ring handle and one hinge at back; interior is divided into six, equal-size, wedge-shape compartments radiating from a central circular one that holds a hand-punched, cylindrical nutmeg or spice grater. Both lid and box are made of three pieces, two halves for sides are joined by a soft-soldered lapped seam on lid and folded seam on box, and lid top and flat bottom with folded edges; lid has a wire-rolled rim while box has a folded rim with bead below. Grater has a soft-soldered lapped seam and cap inset at one end. Scrolled banner painted in white on box front. No marks.
Currently not on view
date made
1820 - 1860
place made
United States
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; handle material)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 9 3/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 18.415 cm x 23.8125 cm x 22.225 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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