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English 18th-century Enamel Box, "A Reward for Merit"

English 18th-century Enamel Box, "A Reward for Merit"

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Enamel: Pre 1800: Item # 983130

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English, Bilston, 18th century, patch box. These memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, their decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. For example, by the 1790s Neoclassical style swags, doves, hearts, and borders were the most commonly used decoration of the day.

Allover cracking. Small losses to the lid, one side and the bottom.

Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976).