Do you know what a patch box is? More than a century ago, women (and some men) used these little boxes to hold "patches" or beauty spots that they'd glue to their faces. Some patches were used to disguise blemishes or marks (smallpox scars, for example), while others were placed near the eye, mouth, nose, etc to enhance beauty.
We believe this little milk white glass patch box to be American and dating to the last half of the 19th century, and it's delicately hand painted with a lovely butterfly, flowers, and blue water in the background. The pale peach color band on the lower part once had gilt trim, now mostly gone, but the painted scene is lovely. The box hinge is great and works well. There are no chips or cracks.
1 5/8" high; top is 1 7/8" in diameter; bottom is 2 1/4" in diameter. Unmarked.