Oval enamelled box, England, 1761-1820

1761-1820 in Bilston

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Oval enamelled box, with hinged lid and mirror inside lid, possibly for patches, a souvenir from Bath, English, 1761-1820

Collected as a souvenir from Bath, England, this oval enamelled box was probably used for patches. Patches were decorative pieces of felt or silk used to cover blemishes or scars on the face – particularly those caused as a result of smallpox.

Bath in the county of Somerset remains England’s premier spa town. Over the centuries, it has been visited by millions for health reasons. Hot springs were found in Bath by the Romans who built up the spa town from 43 CE onwards. The box was probably made by George Brett, an enamel worker of Bilston, West Midlands.

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copper and enamel
box, smokiana (containers) boxes and smokiana (containers)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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