AMAZING & RARE Antique Engraved Sterling Spice Box Pendant in the shape of a Paisley with dangling balls - most likely circa 18th century - note the opening compartments and working latch on the side...these are often broken or dented and this is in excellent condition. Perfect for tiny treasures, blessings or prayers.
(A note on the history and value of Spices: Spices were highly valued because many had ritual, religious or medical uses. They were of high value because of their relative geographical scarcity. Spices could only be grown in the tropical East, in the South of China, Indonesia as well as in Southern India and Sri Lanka. Also, in the early days of history, spices were worth fabulous sums, owing to the difficulty of obtaining them and the high cost of transportation. When Alaric the Goth conquered Rome in 410 A. D., he asked as a ransom 3,000 pounds of pepper, then worth more than its weight in gold!)
Solid Sterling Embossed Link Chain with Sterling tongue Clasp and Safety Chain
Photo #9 shows this necklace layered with another ALTaeRation piece foe layering possibilities!
Necklace measures 32 inches long, and spice box alone measures 2 inches long - including dangle balls it measures 2 5/8 inches long