A Silver Spice Box in the form of a Locomotive

A Silver Spice Box in the form of a Locomotive

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The body made of tightly spun filigree wire. Central Europe, circa 1860. In addition to the traditional forms of spice boxes that the Jews of Europe

made for use on the Sabbath such as flowers and fish, due to the ever- increasing wonderment by the public of locomotives, Jewish artisans began

making spice boxes for the Sabbath in that form. This is a particularly well- made and early example of this type of spice box.

A nearly identical example to our spice box is in the collection of the Jewish Museum of Prague.

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