This Crummles enamel box features an heraldic emblem of the House of Lancaster, the Lancaster Rose. Inside the lid, a line drawing of roses wrapped around a parchment document completes the scene.
In the 15th Century, two great Houses (both alike in dignity…) fought a series of civil wars for the control of the English throne. The House of Lancaster was represented by a red rose, and the House of York by a white rose. The War of the Roses lasted generations in sporadic fighting. It finally ended in 1485 when Henry VII (a Lancaster) married Elizabeth of York, uniting the two claims. As a symbol of the union of two great Houses, the Tudor Rose was created. With the Tudor Rose, the red petals of Lancaster embrace the snowy white petals of York.
Crummles fine enamels are created in the tradition of Georgian enamels and Halcyon Days Revival boxes. This piece measures 1.75 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall. This Lancaster rose is hand painted enamel over copper with gilt brass mount and hinge. The enamel surfaces and metal findings are in excellent condition. The original display box is included and will be packed with care to preserve both the inner and outer boxes.
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1.75″ in diameter x 1″ from top to bottom