Lovely Staffordshire Bilston pink and white, keepsake enamel patch box. The charming verse on the lid is "A Trifle From A Friend". Produced in Staffordshire England between 1770-1800,.George III. Made of copper and enamel with a mirror placed to the inside lid. There are no marks on these pieces. This is guaranteed original and authentic obtained on my travels to England and obtained from a family collection.
Some refer to them as pill boxes but their purpose was quite different. Note the mirror to the inside lid. It was the fashion in the late 1700's to apply a tiny (patch), perhaps a heart or a star to ones cheek or eye squint. These little beauty spots needed to be kept somewhere handy ready for use and application, thus the sweet patch box, such as the one I'm presenting here. They are so charming and today will make a very special gift to someone close to your heart. Some I have seen have sustained extensive wear and use, but this one is in exceptional condition, really 200 years! It was really treasured.
Measures 1 3/4 Inch Length by 3/4 Inch Wide Oval shape
Antique 18Th Century Staffordshire Bilston Enamel Patch Box "A Trifle From A Friend"