This delightful tiny enamel box 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. They were very popular during the 18th century. 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.
This bonbonniere features a raised sea turtle swimming in the ocean with a seascape around the sides. The interior of the base has a drawing of a colorful fish. The piece measures about 1.25" in diameter at the screw on bezel, and stands about 1.25" tall. The Halcyon Days Enamels oval mark is on the underside. This delightful enamel box is in excellent condition. There is no presentation box or paperwork.
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