An oval Battersea Bilston English Enamel Love Motto Patch Box. The top reads “Long may you Live and be HAPPY” with a circle and dot raised decorative border. The base is Dark Green enamel.
The top of the box is in good condition. The base has missing enamel on one side that doesn’t show when the box is laid down. The hinges are good with a nice patina. The box closes tight.
Measures approximately 2” x 1 3/8” x 1” tall.
This Patch Box is English, enamel on copper. Circa 1780.
Patches were the 18th century equivalent of beauty marks and were traditionally little pieces of gummed black silk taffeta or velvet used to draw attention to a particular facial feature, and flatter the complexion.
They were originally used to cover up smallpox scars in the 17th century and over time developed into many shapes including round, square, heart, star, crescent moon. They also were used as covert romantic signals.
Battersea Bilston Enamel –Long may you Live - Motto Patch Box - C 1780
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