We have here a porcelain egg-shaped trinket box by Mason’s. The lid bears a large red basket filled with fruit and surrounded by leaves of various colors. The bottom half has colorful fruit, berries and leaves on both sides. This is the polychrome 'Fruit Basket' pattern #4818, a discontinued design.
Underside is marked in green with Mason’s over England and 78 in between. Also under the glaze is a number in blue which we can’t read, probably the decorator’s mark. Measures 3 3/8” long x 2 3/8” tall.
The condition is excellent with one “freckle” from the firing inside the small end of the lid (last photo) and some light crazing to bottom half. An original price sticker from Selfridge’s department store is inside the bottom half. Altogether a charming little trinket box for your collection!
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