Century silver gilt casket of traditional rectangular form. The domed top with swing handle is hand engraved with a bridal couple surrounded by birds and foliage.The body, standing on four ball feet, has a front locking catch in the form of a flower, and is hand engraved with old testament scenes. Initials to the front of the lid. Weight 162 grams, 5.2 troy ounces. Stamped underneath twice with a makers mark anvil?
Traditionally, a man's promise of marriage to his future bride was formal when he presented her with a coin knotted into a costly cloth (knottedoek). This later became a textile bag and then in the seventeenth century a silver casket (knottekistje).The boxes are usually rectangular with a semicircular lid and stand on ball feet although they also occur in the form of round or hexagonal boxes. They are often delicately engraved with symbolic scenes about love and marriage, sometimes accompanied by a proverb or motto. Friesland is a province of the Netherlands located in the northern part of the country. The item "9568 Antique Dutch Silver Marriage Box" is in sale since Thursday, February 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "waxantiques" and is located in London, England. This item can be shipped worldwide.