This is an antique, circa 1760, Staffordshire copper mounted enamel box possibly Bilston. Likely, this was used as a patch or trinket box.
The enamel has an all-over crisscross pattern similar to a basket weave. The center top has a red pink painted bird. The woven pattern is sectioned off with indentations that appear to have had a gold or luster finish. Tiny blue dots accent the overall pattern. The body of the box is waisted.
The box frame and hinged are silver tone. The inside rim is fluted.
The box measures 2” wide by approximately 1-1/4” high.
Condition: all over cracking to the enamel; as mentioned, the luster has rubbed away; there is one section on the lid that has an old restoration (lower right); the unpolished metal frame has some roughness along the edge (see last photo of partially opened lid). The lid holds closed properly and the hinge is tight with no wobble.
Item ID: 2506
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