This Halcyon Days enamel box featuring George Washington was among the first of the Halcyon Days Revival pieces to be produced. It was the commemorative gift offered to recipients of the Award for Greatest public service performed by an elected official in 1976. This design was never offered to the public at large for purchase.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Samuel Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service in 1972. In 1973, the institute offered their first awards for public service, now known as the Jefferson Awards. The Horchow Collection commissioned a series of Halcyon Days Revival boxes to accompany these awards in our Bicentennial year. This was the first of those boxes to be produced. The original art work is by Ian Adam. The art is then hand painted in glaze on the enamel, and the piece was fired again to finish the glaze.
The featured enamel scene is George Washington reviewing the troops at Fort Cumberland in 1794. The inscription includes the name of the award and a salute to the Bicentennial. This is a larger enamel box, 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 gilt brass 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