Elliptical lid of silver framing polished abalone. with twisted wire clasp in front and hinged in back. Base is simple elliptical shape.;Piece is a good example of decorative style craftsanship and use of materials. It will be used in collecting AZ: B is for boxes.;Stamped on bottom, Alpaca/Mexico.;Donor purchased in Spain in 1988.;Collected by donor in Spain in 1988.;1) Donor's note says, Spain/1988/old.;Structurally sound and complete; top and sides tarnished.
Steele A. Taylor Steele Taylor is a New Jersey native and a World War II Navy veteran. In 1948, after earning a degree in economics from Williams College in Winston, Massachusetts, he accepted a job offer from Dohler-Jarvis in Grand Rapids. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids Steel and was part owner and president when he retired in 1985. He has served on many boards throughout his career, such as the Mary Free Bed Hospital, Aquinas Emeritus Center, various Hospice boards and former member and president of the Art and Museum Board. Steele and his wife Mary are consummate world travelers and their collection is a testament to their travels. Artifacts donated by Steele are exceptional resources, representing various regions of the world. He has also donated an extensive collection of pewter items to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.