Lovely Crummles enamel box celebrating the Magnolia Soulangiana, the magnolia tree. Shown in shades of warm blush and rose, these magnolia blooms are Mississippi’s state flower and a symbol of Southern grace and beauty.
With one quick search, you’ll find people trying to describe the meaning of Magnolia according to it’s color. They say that pink is for innocence, and white is for purity. Color association is all well and good, but the true meaning of Magnolia is so much deeper.
The fossil record shows Magnolia among the most ancient flowering plant families. They flourished before bees evolved as pollinators, depending on beetles for their bloom. Magnolias developed tough tepals in the place of petals to protect against their hard-winged and gnawing pollinators. It’s origin reflects it’s true nature: Deep and delicate beauty made of tough, enduring stuff. Magnolia Soulangiana is a symbol of beauty and strength united inextricably as one.
This enamel box is hand painted in the tradition of the Halcyon Days Revival and Kingsley Enamels. The enamel is in lovely condition with pristine copper findings and satin lined display box included. On the bottom surface, not seen when the box is used or displayed, there is a slight change to the enamel finish visible when the light catches it in the right way. The price has been adjusted accordingly. This is a larger box, measuring 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches tall.
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