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Halcyon Days Mini Egg Enamel Box with Wild Birds and a Stand
This beautiful little enamel over copper box in the shape of an egg was produced in the 1980s-1990s by Halcyon Days Enamels in England. The craft of enameling over copper to produce small boxes used for snuff or ladies beauty marks (known as patches) was popular in the 1700's but passed out of favor by the early 1800's.
Susan Benjamin, owner of Halcyon Days, an antique store in London, spearheaded the revival of the craft and produced the first Bilston & Battersea Enamels designed by Halcyon Days in 1970. In 1980, the name was changed to Halcyon Days Enamels. The beautiful little boxes have become extremely collectible and continue to be produced.
This mini egg shaped box is covered in a variety of wild birds and has the oval Halcyon Days mark on the interior of the base. The brass bezel is shiny and in excellent condition. It comes with a small plastic stand to display the egg in a slightly reclining position. The enamel egg box is in excellent condition. It measures 1.25" long and about .875" in diameter at the bezel. No presentation box or paperwork is available.
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