This beautiful enamel over copper box in the shape of an egg was produced in the 1980s/1990s by Halcyon Days 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 colorful egg shaped box is decorated with a bright floral pattern predominately in reds but also with pink, green, blue, and yellow flowers and details. The oval Halcyon Days Enamels mark can be found on the interior.
The enamel egg box is in excellent condition. The clasp opens easily and closes tightly. The brass bezel is still shiny and in excellent condition. The egg measures over 2.25" long and about 1.5" in diameter at the bezel. The egg comes nestled in its original navy blue presentation box with a small clear plastic stand for displaying the piece.
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