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Title

Fish Spice Box

Creator

Wes ID #

cai038

CAI ID #

2011.S.267.6

Original Inventory #

194

Dimensions

6.4 x 25.4 x 6.4 cm (2 1/2 x 10 x 2 1/2 in)

General Description

Spice boxes in the shape of fish were fairly common in Poland during the 19th century. This object is unusually long for such a spice box; most (though not quite all) appear to be about half its size (4 or 5 inches long, instead of 10). Many fish spice boxes are fakes, late 20th century objects posing as 19th century objects. It is quite possible that this spice box is a fake. But, at the very least, it is modeled after 19th century Polish spice boxes.

Description of materials

Copper Alloy: cast, cut, hammered, engraved, and silver-plated; glass: painted

Time period

19th century

Place of origin

Poland

Provenance

Gift in memory of Tessie Schwarz by friends

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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