Millefioroi Tazza or Wafer Dish
Saint Louis, circa 1845-55
Diameter: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 inches) Height: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 inches)
Wafer dish with scrambled millefiori paperweight base; scrambled millefiori canes mixed with colored ribbons and short lengths of white filigree twists; blue and white spiral twist encircling crimped rim of dish
A tazza is a shallow dish. It was adopted for letter-writing use in the Victorian Era to store wafers and sticks of wax that were used to seal envelopes and documents, and writers rested the wax seal on it.
Photo by Marlin Roos, Illinois State Museum