This exquisite piece is as rare as they come. The large size enamel trinket box commemorates the George Washington Award for Greatest public service performed by an elected official. In 1973, the American Institute for Public Service, lead by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Samuel Beard offered their first awards for public service, now known as the Jefferson Awards.
The featured enamel scene is of George Washington reviewing the troops at Fort Cumberland in 1794. The inscription includes the name of the award and a salute to the upcoming (at the time) Bicentennial. This is one of the larger enamel boxes, measuring approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches tall. It is in very good condition and comes complete with it’s outer display box and Certificate of Origin from Bilston & Battersea.
REPAIRED: With many of the older Bilston Battersea the copper rim can come free of the rest of the box. It’s an easy fix and usually undetectable. In this case, however, the jeweler didn’t realize that there was an inscription inside the box. The difference in orientation between the figural scene and the inscription inside the box is the giveaway. The price has been adjusted accordingly. The pamphlet and outer box show a bit of wear from handling, as shown.
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2.5″ in diameter x 1.25″ from top to bottom