1985 MMA Sterling Silver Footed Dutch Marriage Wedding Box. Can also be used as Trinket Pill Case, Toothpick Holder or Tea Caddy. A sterling silver reproduction of a Dutch Marriage Box by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No dings, dents or monogram. 2 5/8" T x 2 1/4" W.Weighs approximately 92.1 grams. Marked on bottom "STERLING (c) MMA 1985". I have another MMA sterling box listed. Here's the explanation of Dutch wedding box by MMA. In Dutch Friesland during the late 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 a legally binding. These boxes, identified as Knotjes, Or brides boxes were sometime is filled with gold Ducats.
Like the six sided example such boxes were frequently decorated with allegorical figures depicted trust hope and prudence as well as love and tenderness. The original of this box, although in completely marked, can be attribute it to Friesland, where most of the boxes were made. The master mode for the sterling silver reproduction was made from the original box in the museum's collection. Oxidation may cause the peace to darken. Polish lightly with a soft cloth and a mild silver polish.
Do not use abrasive cleaners. Proceeds from the sale of all publications and reproductions are used to support the museum. Upon request will be happy to send you information about the Metropolitan Museum of arts, it's publications, educational programs, and the privileges of membership. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.The seller is "nnos" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.