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Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880 (1 of 9)
AC Silver
Tyne and Wear, UK

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Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880

REF: C1641 / LA409822
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This is an exceptional, fine and impressive antique Russian silver spice tower; an addition to our silver Judaica collection This exceptional antique Russian silver spice box has been modelled in the form of a tower. The rounded waisted shaped spice box is ornamented with impressive embossed foliate and scrolling leaf decoration, accented with a matte texture. This impressive vessel is fitted with a hallmarked hinged door accented with a plain fingerpiece and incorporated latch. The upper portion of this impressive silver spice tower* is embellished with plain silver supports to form a bell tower incorporating an articulated functional bell. This bell tower is surmounted with a tapering chute ornamented with engraved ornamentation and terminating with a large hallmarked undulating shaped flag. The spice compartment supports four hallmarked silver bells and surmounts a circular knopped pedestal to a square collet style base. The hallmarks to the surface of the square base include: Maker's Mark: Reiner (Abraham Reiner) Assay mark: O.C 1880 (Josef Sosnkowski) Silver quality/purity mark: 84 (84 zolotniks**) City Mark: Warsaw*** Such original Russian antique silver spice towers are becoming increasingly difficult to locate. * A spice box is used to hold sweet-smelling herbs/spices and can be fashioned in many forms. As of the 16th century a very common form is that of a tower, influenced by developments in architecture. The spice tower is used to bring comfort to a Jew as they transition through Sabbath to their new week, receiving their extra soul known as a 'neshama yetera' ** 84 zolotniki is equivalent to 875/1000 or .875 standard silver *** Warsaw is located in Poland; however from 1852-1899 there was an Imperial Russian Assay office within the city and they produced items bearing the Imperial Eagle as their City mark.


25.9 cm
7 cm
9 cm
Weight:- 7.9 troy ounces/245g


AC Silver has clarified that the Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880 (LA409822) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1880


This antique silver spice tower is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality, and in exceptional condition. The Russian hallmarks struck to the surface of the base, in addition to the part hallmarks to the flag and door are all very clear.

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This Russian Silver Spice Tower - Antique 1880 is located in Newcastle, United Kingdom