This delightful little yellow apple is a bonbonniere made by Halcyon Days of Bilston, England. A bonbonniere is a French term for a box of "bonbons" or other candies, or little favors, often given to guests at special occasions. The bonbonnieres produced by Halcyon Days deviated from their usual enamel boxes in that these were three dimensional, taking the form of the subject, rather than just a painting of the image on a box. The older ones, such as this, aren't found very often on the secondary market.
This tiny yellow apple with a reddish blush only measures 1.125" in diameter at the bezel, and stands about 2.25" to tip of the brass stem. The Halcyon Days oval mark is on the interior of the apple. This delightful enamel box is in excellent condition, and has a twist on lid. Unfortunately, there is no presentation box or paperwork.
The yellow apple bonbonniere can be found on p.126 of Susan Benjamin's "The First 25 Years of Halcyon Days Enamels The Revival of an English 18th-Century Craft."
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