Adath Israel
 

Title

Etrog (Citron) Box

Creator

Wes ID #

cai029

Original Inventory #

242

Dimensions

9.5 x 20.0 x 11.4 cm (3 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 4 1/2 in)

General Description

Similar objects—some from the Israel Museum (e.g. Accession number B50.02.0685 ; 129/023), as well as a couple object with identifying hallmarks sold by J. Greenstein & Co.—come mostly from Austria at the end of the 19th or the beginning of the 20th centuries. These objects, like this etrog box, have an etrog image and flower imagery; and are made through repoussé. This object has a marking that says “STERLING”—a hallmark that appears in American, but not Austrian, silver work. It is possible that this mark was added upon import to the United States; otherwise, the etrog box was likely made in the United States but inspired by Austrian etrog boxes.

Description of materials

Sterling Silver: cast, engraved, and repoussé

Time period

late 19th century or early 20th century

Place of origin

Austria or the United States

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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