The spice jar conjures up tales of merchants travelling the spice routes bringing their valuable goods to enhance the food of those who could afford such luxuries. The jar is made of varnished sycamore wood and is composed of four tubs screwed into each other. These items are rare as the wood invariably split and fell apart in hot and steamy kitchens! The jar reminds us of the importance of trade in the past and that Britain, while an island, was not isolated from the rest of the known world. Trade with other countries and the money it generated became a cornerstone of empire building while the demands for unusual goods encouraged further exploration and discovery.