This is an elegant English 18th century enamel and hand painted Bilsea/Battersea snuff or patch box circa 1770. Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1" tall, this round, pink enamel box has a beautiful hand painted lid of multiple fruit and floral themes; lid closes well; the interior is white enamel, and the mirror is intact, although with some loss of silvering. There is an old auction sticker from many years past that we've left in place. A beautiful little box.
Condition: Fairly heavy crazing of enamel both inside and out, but no major losses-box does have 2-3 small pin head sized losses to the pink enamel and surface wear on bottom of piece; 1 other very small area of pink enamel loss which has been color blended- losses are minimal-crazing of enamel is most notable flaw; mirror has lost some of silvering, but could be replaced if desired; Hand painted floral lid with patinated original brass hinges all in very good condition. Could use a bit of cleaning-as evidenced by the edge of the top lid, which in spite of appearances, does not have enamel losses-just soiling from 200+ years of life.
Item ID: B-110
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