The word “Dabbawala” in the Indian language when literally translated, means “one who carries a box”. “Dabba” means a box (usually a cylindrical tin , brass or aluminium container). So, literally speaking, a Dabba contains Lunch.
The foremost is the love and concern of the housewives who make sure their loved ones at work get a healthy home cooked meal when away from home.
The dabbawalas of Bombay ( Mumbai ) have been delivering lunches to working people since the last 125 years in these Tiffins and are recognised worldwide as delivering a Six Sigma level of accuracy ie which means only 1 mistake in 6 million deliveries.
This Tiffin or Dabba made of brass is a vintage and has a rare design with floral engraving made on the lid of each compartment. This unique tiffin is kept compact and in place with the help of 2 long handled brass spoons which are inserted into the slots and screwed tight to close the box from either side.
The tiffin normally contains 3 compartments - 1 for the the Indian Bread and rice, 1 for lentils and the 3rd for the vegetable not forgetting handwritten messages found between the covers from a loved one at home.
Truly a Collectors item!
Measures : Height 38 cm with the handle.
Each bowl measures 16 cm dia with a base of 9 cm and depth of 10 cm.
Each spoon measures 29 cm .
Weight : 2 Kilograms