A good quality 19th century silver spice container with part gilt finish. The hinged lid is pierced and has a decorative finial. The body has unusual hand engraving of mythological figures on a flower and foliate background. Weight 372 grams, 11.9 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. Diameter of base 8.4 cms. With Turkish tughra stamps and assay scrapes to both the body rim and underneath. Turkish circa 1840.
Signed – A tughra (Ottoman Turkish: طغرا tuğrâ) is a calligraphic monogram, seal or signature of a sultan that was affixed to all official documents and correspondence. It was also carved on his seal and stamped on the coins minted during his reign.