This is a Sterling silver reproduction of 17th century Dutch "Marriage Box" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is signed MMA 1985 Sterling , with a.
Gold Wash interior, and all six sides of the box and top are engraved with images. Clasping hands are engraved at the top. It was first produced in 1985 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its shop and catalog. It is no longer offered by the shop.
It stands just about 2 3/4 inches tall, is 2 1/4 wide, and weighs about 94 grams, 3.3 ounces on my scale. Please review the images to see how great it is and assess it for yourself. This reproduction is made from the original box in Metropolitan Museum of Art at Bequest of John L. His is a Marriage Box, Dutch, Friesland, 3rd Quarter of the 17th century.In Dutch Friesland during the 17th and 18th centuries it was the custom for a man to present the woman of his choice with a marriage sovereign-usually offered in a small silver box. The acceptance of such a gift meant that the woman intended to marry the giver, and this was regarded as legally binding. These boxes, identified as knotjes, or bride's boxes, were sometimes filled with golden ducats. Like this six-sided example, such boxes were frequently decorated with allegorical figures depicting trust, hope, and prudence as well as love and tenderness. The original of this box, although incompletely marked, can be attributed to Friesland, where most of these boxes were made.
The master mold for the reproduction was made from the original box in the Museum's collection. The item "Sterling Silver Dutch Wedding Box 1985 MMA Metropolitan Museum Of Art MAKE OFFER" is in sale since Sunday, July 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.The seller is "spinjrb" and is located in Toms River, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.