Rare silver crab-form box from Spain
Spanish, 20th Century
Height 6cm, width 20cm, depth 13cm
This unusual and charming item is not only a decorative object, but also a functional one: the piece, finely crafted from solid silver, is a realistic rendering of a crab; the hinged top, however, opens to reveal an interior compartment, transforming the piece into a functional box.
The silver is marked with a five-point star, a Spanish silver mark indicating .915 purity.