Description & Technical information

The present small silver, parcel-gilt canister is a vessel typical for the late seventeenth century. The hexagonal body with a smooth bottom is left plain. The sides are gilt on their outer edges, so that a kind of frame is shaped for each side. The engraved in an oval ?AL? adorns one of the six sides, making it the only decorative element. The body is covered with a hexagonal, multi-layered plate. Above it raises the vaulted screwed-on lid. A cast hinged handle is attached to the lid.

On the bottom, „K.M.O.R. Sd 38 und 246“ is engraved, probably a reference to a former owner.

A coffee and tea service – canister included ? with very similar design is displayed in the Felicitas room of the Maximilian Museum, Augsburg.


Canisters, in various shapes and sizes, were mostly used as transport containers for liquids in the seventeenth century. Originally, these were used by pharmacists for the storage of easy evaporating liquids or for spices with a strong aroma, such as vanilla. The canisters also served to carry drinks whilst traveling. In cylindrical, multi-pass or angular form, these vessels are very simple but can also be elaborately decorated.


The city of Augsburg is one of the most important cities in Germany for gold- and silversmith’s works from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The royal courts of Europe, as well as churches, synagogues, cities, wealthy citizens and guilds, were customers of the gold- and silversmiths of Augsburg. They received orders of all sizes and types and delivered works in a high quality, so that works made in Augsburg were valued throughout Europe. Today, historic silver and gold objects from Augsburg enjoy a prominent position within public and private collections all over the world.


Christian Franck was a Protestant goldsmith born in Augsburg in 1638. Around 1666, he became a master and married for the first time. In 1685, he married for the second and in 1687 for the third time. In 1689, he entered his fourth marriage. Christian Franck died in 1704. His works are preserved in private collections.

Date:  mid-18th century
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  Austria, Salzburg
Medium: silver, Parcel Gilt, Ibex horn, Lid and base carved
Provenance: Collection B. Böck

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Categories: Silver