QUICK! Run to your kitchen! Open your spice drawer. Check and make sure all the spices are still there! PHEW! YES!!!
Thank goodness we are living in the 21st century and not back in the 17th.
Did you know, back in the 12th to the 17th century, spice was the most profitable element in the European trade?
Spices such as Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger and Tea, were extravagantly priced. Yes, these same spices that we don’t give a second look at today had a value per pound equalling 5000 working days. Yes, that’s what I said; 5000 working days.
To bring this into perspective, if we were to try and equate that to a value in today’s money it would equal around $71,000.00 a pound at $20,000.00 a year. Boy, I would be keeping my spices under lock and key too.
Around 1875 that same pound of spice cost just 1.5 days of pay. Quite a drop in value! Either way, Spice was expensive.
If you were fortunate enough to have a varied collection of spices, you needed something safe to keep them in.
Enter – The Spice Cabinet
I found this photo on americanwoodworker.com
Typically found in the “Well to do home” these elegant cabinets with multiple drawers were the home to some of the world’s finest spices.
Built typically from walnut, these beautiful boxes were not just for spices! Poke around inside, open a drawer remove the back panel and you may be quite surprised. These little cabinets have a secret inside. Often, many secrets! Hidden drawers and empty cavities make this a great piece of furniture to own, and even a greater piece to build.
Stay tuned while Matthew and I build one of these for that special female in our lives. Perhaps you will build one too.
To Be Continued...