Created in the earliest era of Halcyon Days Revival design, this Bilston & Battersea hand painted enamel box is a rare treat. The style of the image, along with the hand painted technique make this piece an homage to the style of the 18th century enamel patch and snuff boxes.
Two colonial era fishermen at the edge of a pond, likely preparing to catch their dinner. The inside of the lid is a black and white close up of the pond’s edge with two water birds taking flight. The spruce/forest green bottom is marked with the Bliston & Battersea trademark.
Guarded enthusiasm is the rule when discussing the condition of an item, but there is no other way to say it: This enamel box is in magnificent condition. Look at the close-ups of the enamel, and the exposed edge of the rim. It doesn’t look like it was ever displayed at all. The Certificate of Origin is also in excellent condition.
The trademark on the bottom of the enamel box was used through 1980, but the second Royal Warrant wasn’t granted until 1978, so this enamel was produced between 1978-80.
The original velvet lined display box has clearly born the brunt of any wear from shifting about in storage. There is a bit of scuffing at the edges and the paper joints at two corners closest to the back have given way. It would be a simple matter to fix, but I have not altered the display box in any way. That is for it’s new owner to decide.
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2.25″ in diameter x 1.5″ from top to bottom