Spice Box

Circular spice box with scrolled hasp lock on front, gilt brass post-and-bail handle encircled by a raised bead, gold band and red penciling on low-domed lid, and one hinge at back; golden-brown japanned exterior and interior. Contains seven, identical, cylindrical tins with low-domed, friction-fit covers, each gilt stenciled with the name of their contents: "ALLSPICE", "CINNAMON", "CLOVES", "GINGER", "MACE", "NUTMEGS", and "PEPPER".
Currently not on view
Object Name
box, spice
date made
ca 1900
Dover Stamping Company
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
asphaltum (overall finish material)
paint (lid decoration material)
brass (handle material)
gold (handle gilding; stenciling material)
canister: 4 1/16 in x 8 3/4 in; 10.31875 cm x 22.225 cm
skakers: 2 13/16 in x 2 9/16 in; 7.14375 cm x 6.50875 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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