As spice was an important means of flavoring foods, households commonly kept special spices that were used is seal tins. These tins would be kept secured in the Spice Box made of Toleware finally becoming known as Toleware Spice Boxes. The lid often had a raised embossing with a bail handle to carry the box. It also would have a clasp so that the box could be secured by a lock as spices were expensive. Each box large enough to hold around 6 spice cans of approximately 3 to 4 ounces. These tins too would be finished as the box becoming a set. The spice tin often were round but they too were made in square shapes. The common spices were Nutmeg, Cinnamon, All Spice, Cloves, Mace and Ginger. Because nut meg required grating, a grater often was included the slide into the underside of the lid. Most of these boxes are finished in a deep dark brown or black color with gold trims. Spice cans may also be stenciled with the spice type on the lid.