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This beautiful enamel over copper box in the shape of an egg was produced in the 1970s 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 with red, blue, and yellow flowers on a yellow background. The oval Bilston & Battersea 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 has aged to a nice patina. The egg measures over 2.25" long and about 1.5" in diameter at the bezel. The egg comes nestled in its original turquoise presentation box.
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Halcyon Days Bilston & Battersea Large Enamel Egg Shaped Floral Box
$85 USD SOLD
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