Silver spice box in the shape of strong tower, made of silver, probably in Austro-Hungary.
Besamin boxes—also known as censers or scent boxes or besamin—can take on various forms; the most common ones, however, are tower-shaped besamin boxes, like the one offered. This is the most popular form of spice boxes, widely known as early as the Middle Ages. Its appearance often imitated local architecture, whereas the symbolical point of reference was the Strong Tower, being the Biblical symbol of God. Besamin boxes were usually made of silver, sometimes of other metals and were often decorated with enamel and precious stones. A widely popular technique was fine filigree. The container for fragrant spices (e.g. clove, cinnamon, vanilla, myrtle), the aroma of which is ritually inhaled during the ceremony called Havdalah (in Hebrew: “separation”), to mark the end of the Shabbat on Saturday night.
Illegible stamps on the base.
Dimensions: height – 212 mm.