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SOAP BOX
SPONGE BOX

Spherical soap and sponge boxes were made in pair and usually accompanied a silver shaving basin (an oval bowl with a broad notched rim that allowed the basin to be pressed against a gentleman's neck while he was being shaved).

The piercing on the sponge box aimed to facilitate air circulation and dry the damp sponge. The unpierced box accommodate a ball of soap.

Silver soap and sponge boxes were made in France in late 18th century. Later reproductions in 18th century taste (possibly last quarter 19th century or later) were made in silverplate.



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