This is a delightful early enamel patch box of English origin. It is difficult to precisely attribute the exact makers of these little boxes as many excellent examples exist from various centres. This little box was created as “A Present from Harrogate” which is stated on the top. As well, there is a floral pattern including a flower, ferns, leaves and a little bird on a white background. The sides and base of the box are in a deep creamy colour. The fittings are of metal and when the box is opened it is lined on the lid and the base with white enamel. This example appears never to have had a mirror in the lid but is still most likely a patch box, but could possibly have also been used for comfits (breath sweetening lozenges). It opens and closes nicely and is in very good condition with some rubbing of the printing and the bottom edges but its condition is essentially totally compatible with age. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of delightful small objects. 1.75 ins (4.5cm) x 1.5 ins (3.8cm) x 0.75 ins (2cm). Weight 22 grams. This item appears in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 418.
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