A CONTINENTAL SILVER JUDAIC AMULET CASE, PROBABLY ITALIAN, 17/18TH CENTURY
rectangular with pierced cresting and moulded pillars, sides engraved with Hexagram enclosing the word Shaddai in Hebrew, additional Hebrew within fleur-de-lis cartouches and flowers on reeded ground, removable base plate fixed with pins, suspension ring, 7cm., 2 3/4 in. high; 33gr., 1oz. 1dwt., unmarked; and a parcel-gilt filigree spice container, unmarked 16th/17th century, ball shaped, separating into two halves, the central detachable band, chased with a crown flanked by Hebrew blessing of spices on a zig-zag ground, between applied rope-work bands, on a banded stem and domed foot embossed and chased with spiral gothic lobes and foliage, cast openwork finial, painted inventory number 9486
11cm., 4 1/4in. high
The amulet: The top of one pillar missing, ripple in base plate and slightly bent at base of body, few small dents, nice colour and nice engraving.
The spice box: The unthreaded tube runs from finial which is fitted to it, through ball shaped spice container and pushes into foot, because there is no thread the body and foot are a bit loose together. Small piece of filigree missing from lower section, General condition is pretty good, colour is excellent.
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A comparable amulet, North Italian, 18th century, with similar pillars, cresting and engraved Shaddai is illustrated in Isaiah Shachar, The Feuchtwanger collection of Judaica, The Isreal Museum, Jerusalem, 1981, no. 800