Jeff Britton Antiques of The Yellow Garage offers for your consideration a late 1800s blue painted tin spice box with six individual spice containers. Spice boxes were used in England in the 17th and 18th century and subsequently by colonists arriving in the New World. Victorian families of some means, enjoyed incorporating a variety of spices from the Colonies in their meal preparation and sharing their culinary creations with dinner guests.
Measuring 6 3/4 X 9 3/4 X 4 inches, the antique tin box retains some of its original beautiful blue paint. The natural wear visible in our photos is commensurate with daily kitchen baking use. The 3” cube containers labeled, Allspice, Mace, Cloves, Ginger, Cinnamon and Nutmeg are still clearly legible. These spices represent the core seasonings of the Victorian era. Additionally the original hand held nutmeg grater is housed inside the tin. The hinged lid has a brass bail handle and a latch which enabled the cook to lock the box and keep the spices safe. A spice tin such as this would have been kept in an easily accessible location in the kitchen and moved to the preparation table as needed. Deserving of a prominent position in your kitchen, this charming, antique, painted tin spice box will be a unique addition to your home.