Spice box : Forged, Engraved : Silver ; Ht: 2 in. x W: 2,5 in.
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[Prior to 1900]
Shaped like a water mill. Rectangular platform, square structure sits upon it with a peaked thatched roof topped with a half-cylinder handle. Vertically standing wheel attached to one side of the structure.
Narrative: Used for Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat. The close of the Jewish Shabbat is marked by the brief prayer ceremony of Havdalah, which usually takes place in the home. Part of the ceremony requires sniffing a sweet-smelling spice or plant. In Jewish communities around the Mediterranean, a sprig of a sweet-smelling shrub was customarily used. In Northern Europe by the twelfth century there are literary references to the use of a specially designed spice box or container.
Spice box : cut, cast (moulded), embossed, perferorated, openworked, soldered, beveled : silver ; Ht: 17 cm x W: 3,7 cm
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Tapered base and stem with a hollow cup on the top. The base has beveled tiers and detailings along the bottom circumference, ressembling flames; just above, going up towards the stem, are lines made of indented circles, topped with another beveled ring. The base and stem are hollow up to the ring on the stem.
The cup has a design of 2 menorahs, with a Star of David in between each, going around the circumference; set in the background are flames. Openworked detailings are found around the menorahs and at the top edge of the flames. The cup is topped with a tapered, curved cone, with small waves along the edges. At the very top of the cone is a metal pole with a sphere at the point; a flag, which swivels, is attached to the bar. Narrative: The close of the Jewish Shabbat is marked by the brief prayer ceremony of Havdalah, which usually takes place in the home. Part of the ceremony requires sniffing a sweet-smelling spice or plant. In Jewish communities around the Mediterranean, a sprig of a sweet-smelling shrub was customarily used, in Northern Europe by the twelfth century there are literary references of the use of a specially designed spice box or container.
Square base with a round foot at each corner. Attached to each side is an upward pointing arch, with openwork detailing. Coming from each corner, and arching up towards the centre, is a rod with thin incised lines. Attached to a rod, on the left side, is a 'JCR tag'. In the centre, where all 4 rods connect, is a 6-petal flower, arching downwards. The rods continue upwards, and flare out at the top, to support the square metal base. Resting on the base is a cubed cage with openwork detaling on all 4 sides; a window is cut out of one of the sides. The top of the cube is solid metal. Resting on top is a 4-sided triangle. Arches are cut out of the bottom of each side, with open work detailing just above the arch. Another downward arching flower is at the top of the triangle, with an upward arching flower placed just above. A metal rod goes from the 1st metal platform, through the cube and triangle, and continues to the top point. The structure is topped with a metal flag, with 2 points along the fly-end; it is loose on the rod, allowing it to swivel. Narrative: Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR) was established in 1947 to deal with the collection and redistribution of heirless Jewish cultural property.
Spice box with inscription "Presented to Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue by Mr. and Mrs. A. Fleming on the occasion of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Stephen Cecil May 17, 1952, 22 Iyar 5712. Hallmarked underneath "CS." Six flags with removable Star of David on top and a bell.
4 sided engraved base connects by 4 filigree stems to a 6 sided filigree spice holder with a cylindrical tower shaped topped with a flag, 6 bells hang from spice holder with 6 mini flags on top Narrative: Used for Havdalah ceremony at the end of Shabbat