Accession number: 2006.03.18e
Object type: Covered
Date: circa January 1 1860
Materials: Sterling silver, glass
Measurements: 8 cm W x 8 cm H
Marks/Label: Sterling 452 B.
Narrative: This crystal dish was part of typical set of toilet items, including a mirror, hairbrush, second dish, a clothes brush, and an emery board that were designed to sit on a tray (also included) and then placed on a woman's dresser. Dresser sets ranged in design from the most simple to the most ornate and elaborate. They were common among women of elite societies and higher social status. Based on the contents, cotton balls were housed on this box. After 1860, the word "sterling" began to appear stamped on pieces of silver, it guarantees that the silver is .925 fine.
Description: This crystal dish has a silver lid that bears a shield and leaf design with the letter "H" on it. The dish narrows a little at the top, and features a cut starburst design on the bottom. It is part of a set of pieces that together create a "dresser set" of toilet items that sit collectively on a tray. It contains white cotton balls.