Antique Battersea Enameled Patch Box Staffordshire England Unusual Hand Colored Raised Floral Design
Description: Antique circa mid to late 18th century Battersea style enameled copper round patch box. The box has a hinged lid with an intact hinge and closes very well. The lid is decorated with hand colored raised design of a flower on a blue colored background. There are other smaller flowers , leaves and branches surrounding the central flower. The lid also has a brown colored scroll design along the edge. The curved sides of the box also have raised hand colored flowers and leaves on the same beautiful blue colored background. This is a rather unusual and rare Battersea box in the sense that ot is not decorated with transfer designs and that the floral design is raised and hand colored. The inside of the lid has a mirror as you would expect but the mirror is severely damaged. The white enameled interior is also cracked and shows spider web damage on the bottom. This box is in what I would categorize as fair condition with chips, cracks, and losses to the enamel. The box is unmarked but we believe it is English and from South Staffordshire or Birmingham. We further believe it is from the mid to late 1700s. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid- to late-1700's.
Origin: South Staffordshire or Birmingham England.
Size: Measures ~1 3/4" in diameter and is ~1" high and weighs slightly over 1 ounce.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful antique and very unusual piece which would make a great addition to any collection of enamel Battersea boxes. This is a true antique and these Battersea boxes are becoming more and more difficult to come by.
Condition: The box is in fair condition after being around for over 250 years. It is all original with no repairs. The hinge is intact and the lid closes well. The enameling throughout the inside and outside has hairline cracks, chips, and losses, which can be seen in the photos. The mirror on the inside of the lid is cracked and severely damaged. The white enameled interior is also cracked and shows spider web damage on the bottom. There are many surface chips especially along the edge of the base (see 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th photos) and along the edge of the lid (see 1st photo at 8 and 9 O'clock). Despite all of these issues, the box is still great looking and worthy of a spot in any collection. Because of all the issues we discuss here we are selling the box AS IS at a fraction of its value. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this great piece.