georgian bilston enamel patch box circa 1790




Item Ref



This utterly charming 18th Century Bilston * enamel patch box has a deep pink fluted oval base and white hinged cover enamelled with the words "I love to well to kifs and tell" , complete with spelling mistakes...which makes it, in my humble opinion, all the more appealing.
Opens to reveal a perfect white enamelled interior, the inner lid with original, albeit cracked, mirror.
A truly delightful example.
Length: 4cm / 1.4 inches.
Width: 3cm / 1.2 inches.
Height: 2.5cm / 1 inch.
In good condition with minor crack to lid and internal mirror.
These type of boxes very often bear more significant damage.
Good strong hinge.
Postage UK: 7.00 Special delivery.
Postage overseas: 12.00 standard International mail.
You can pay by PayPal, bank transfer, cheque, debit or credit card.
To pay by PAYPAL please add P&P and click on button below.
To pay by credit or debit card over the phone or by cheque, please contact me on 01449 760 585.
* By the early 18th Century the town of Bilston, on the southern edge of Wolverhampton, was already established as a metal-working centre. The next step for these manufacturers of artefacts such as buckles, boxes and toy was get ahead of their competitors by decorating them. So they turned to enamels.
The technique of enamelling is applying heat to a mixture of silica, soda, potassium silicates and lead oxide, the enameller produced a paste which could be painted on to metal surfaces. Different colours could be created by introducing various metallic oxides into the mixes. Enamellers often collected broken glasses from pubs and inns to grind them into the paste, but there were already, by the mid-1750s, suppliers selling coloured enamel powders already mixed. Bilston enamellers were particularly partial to rose pink.
There were patch and snuff boxes, boxes for trinkets and jewellery, bonbonnieres. The box became, with the advent of transfer printing little gift boxes given as token of love and friendship or souvenirs from various towns. This surviving example is transferred with the words "I love to well to kifs and tell".
E-mail us if you have any questions or want to buy item:
Internal Ref: JUIL73


Height = 2 cm (1")
Width = 4 cm (2")
Depth = 3 cm (1")

This item is SOLD and is no longer available to purchase.

* This item has been sold, though you can still email the seller if you wish

View Similar

Select a category: