Founded by Susan Benjamin in 1950, Halcyon Days was initially a small antiques shop based on Avery Row in London which specialised in dealing with English antiques, in particular small enamel boxes. By 1959 the company had outgrown its original premises and moved to its home on Brook Street, where it remained for some 50 years. It now operates a shop in the Royal Exchange in the City of London ( opens September 2016 ) and from its offices and showroom in Knightsbridge, London
In 1978 Halcyon Days was granted the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, followed in 1987 by the Royal Warrants of the Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, as the first ever ‘Suppliers of Objets d’Art’.
Whilst the English craft of enamellng onto copper flourished during the 18th century, by the 1830s it had almost disappeared; consequently the pieces which Halcyon Days specialised in were extremely rare. In 1970 Susan Benjamin established a collaboration with enamel manufacturer Bilston and Battersea Enamels.One of the first commissions received was in 1970 soon after the launch of Halcyon Days Enamels, by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for a box depicting Clarence House. In 1976 the New York Times reported that, on an official visit to the USA in the year of the Bicentennial celebrations, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh presented U.S. President Gerald Ford with a special Halcyon Days box. By coincidence the President gave the Queen another special Halcyon Days box, commissioned through Cartier, New York, to celebrate the occasion. In the past pieces have been made in collaboration with the British Museum, Tate Gallery, National Gallery and Smithsonian Institutions.
This wonderful trinket box has a leopard pictured on the cover, nicely done right down to the rosettes marking his fur, differentiating him from the other big cats. I had difficulty finding another one of the same design, even in the shops of English shops. On the inside of the top, a lovely bird sits among the branches.
Maker: Halcyon Days Bilston and Battersea.
Medium: Enamel on Copper with brass hardware.
Size: Approximately 2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 1 inch tall
Marks: Halcyon Days Bilston and Battersea logo on bottom.
Condition: Very Good Vintage Condition.