This beautiful little enamel over copper box in the shape of an egg was produced in the 1970s by Bilston & Battersea Enamels in England. The craft of enameling over copper to produce small boxes used for snuff or ladies beauty marks (known as patches) was popular in the 1700's but passed out of favor by the early 1800's.
Susan Benjamin, owner of Halcyon Days, an antique store in London, spearheaded the revival of the craft and produced the first Bilston & Battersea Enamels designed by Halcyon Days in 1970. In 1980, the name was changed to Halcyon Days Enamels. The beautiful little boxes have become extremely collectible and continue to be produced.
This egg shaped box was one of the original Bilston & Battersea boxes from the 1970's, with the oval Bilston and Battersea mark on the interior. The egg is a beautiful dark blue with a white floral pattern all over and the words "WITH LOVE" on the front. It comes with a gold tone metal three legged stand to display the egg upright.
The enamel egg box is in excellent condition. The clasp closes tightly. The brass bezel is still fairly shiny and in excellent condition. The egg measures over 2.25" long and about 1.5" in diameter at the bezel. Unfortunately the original turquoise box and pamphlet are not available.
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