On offer is a sweet little English porcelain souvenir hairpin box from the early 20th century. It is a souvenir of Birkenhead which is located in Merseyside. The box lid measures 5 1/8" wide X 2 1/2" T while the box below it measures 4 1/2" wide by 1 7/8" across and 1" tall. It was made sometime between 1904-24 by Arkinstall & Sons (Ltd.) at the Arcadian Works in Stoke-On-Trent and is marked on the interior of the lid. The lid features the word Hairpins in a fancy font in black and between the word hair and pins is an elaborate coat of arms and the word Birkenhead as well as a Latin motto. The coat of arms, etc. is a combination of decal outlines and the yellow color plus hand-applied deep blue, scarlet red and a touch of green colors. This little box was my late mother's and she actually kept hairpins in it when I was a small child. I remember her fixing her long hair in a 1940's style hairdo with them. I should point out that it is not in the best condition having a number of chips on the underside rim of the lid and a hairline crack from the edge of the box toward the center between and above the word "Hair" and the coat-of-arms. Naturally we have priced the piece very modestly due to these condition issues, because for collectors or vanity and souvenir items it has a certain charm and rarity.