Spice Box

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
Object Name
box, spice
grater, nutmeg
date made
1820 - 1860
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
place made
United States
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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