This is a typical attractive enamel patch box of the 18th century. These boxes were made in many centres in the United Kingdom and it is often hard to give an exact attribution. This example is of deep blue enamel with gilt fittings. The top is decorated with a central pale blue plaque with a bust of a lady in the centre with surrounding two rows of white enamel dots. This is similar in general pattern to Wedgwood plaques of the era. There is also some gilt decoration. Inside the main box is of white enamel and the lid has its original mirror which shows age effect with a crack and scattered stain discolouration. The mirror however confirms the probability that this little box was for the elegant patches of that date. These patches were used for beautification or sometimes to cover a blemish. The box is otherwise in very good condition for age with slight rubbing and discolouration of the gilding and frame and minimal crazing. This would be a most attractive addition to a collection of these charming little boxes. 1.75 ins (4.5cm) x 1.4 ins (3.5cm) x 1 ins (2.5cm). Weight 26 grams. This item appears in my book, "Antique Boxes, Inside and Out" on page 418.
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