A rare mid – late seventeenth century silver squeeze sided spice box.
This beautiful and rare silver box was made in Newcastle upon Tyne in around 1660. Its maker has only comparatively recently been discovered and confirmed by the crowned initials shown on the mark to the interior of the box, as David Shelmeridge of Newcastle. Boxes of this kind would have been carried by both ladies and gentlemen of this period and contained spices for flavouring food and drink. The finger and thumb pieces to the sides were squeezed allowing the lid to be lifted. These boxes were often ebellished at a later period. This delightful example has a fine floral engraved lid and base with delicate patterning to the hinge all of which is original. (Ref; Jacksons page 515).
This fine and rare seventeenth century silver spice box is 3.2 cm wide, 2.6 cm front to back and stands 1.3 cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent original condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.