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Antique German Silver Figural Spice Box Circa 1880
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This is a unique and unusual 800 silver spice box, imaginatively and expertly crafted in the form of a squirrel on a log. It is of extraordinary quality and has been superbly made to the very highest standards. The squirrel is perched daintily atop a beautifully detailed log which has been encircled all around the base by intricately made leaves, ferns and foliage. He is contentedly nibbling on a tasty treat carefully held in his extraordinarily well-made hands. His facial features are extremely well defined and his nicely detailed ears are alertly pricked up, as is his splendidly plumed bushy tail which rises majestically behind him in an elegantly curving shape. The fur on his body has been meticulously rendered and, like his hands, his feet have been beautifully finished with exquisite precision. His head lifts off revealing a hollow body into which spices or condiments can be placed. The entire piece is in excellent condition throughout with a soft and pleasing patina which nicely accentuates the crispness and clarity of all the decorative elements. The base of the log has been stamped in two places with German hallmarks. This is a whimsical and charming conversation piece which would make a delightful addition to any setting. It measures approx. 7” x 3 ½” x 11” tall to the top of the ears.