Collection of George III Enamel Patch Boxes


  • £595.00 For The Collection
  • €648 Euro
  • $732 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Collection of George III Enamel Patch Boxes

A small and decorative collection of enamel patch boxes from towns and city's of United Kingdom

These small enamel souvenir where purchased from the highly fashionable city and towns in the late 18th century Bath, Buxton, Swansea and Stonehouse. All the boxes have bright base enamels over a copper caucus with a decorative hinged white lid with interior mirrors. The smaller of the five boxes lid is not hinged or contains a mirror.

Each box has age related wear, chips and cracking.

The smaller example 2.8cm in diameter, 1.9cm in height reads "this and, Are Thine for ever"

"A trifle from Swansea" 4cm in width, 3.3cm in depth, 2.3cm in height

"A trifle from Stonehouse" 4.3cm in width, 3.6cm in depth, 2.5cm in height

"Guildhall A trifle from Bath" 4.7cm in width, 3.9cm in depth, 2.5cm in height

"Lass.....Trip a little way from Buxton" 4.7cm in width, 3.9cm in depth, 2.3cm in height

Patch boxes as their name suggests were pocket sized, portable storage boxes in which an 18th century lady or Gent would carry their tiny little black face patches. These cosmetic patches were made in all sorts of shapes from velvet and other luxury fabrics that were coated in an adhesive gum. Using the internal mirror, one would apply the small patch to one's face. They really were a fashion statement for the rich and fashionable but were also a handy patch to cover blemishes and scars left by small pox and white lead face cosmetics. Apparently where you placed your patch had certain meaning. Patches could be placed on your face, neck or chest suggesting flirtation or even political allegiance.


18th Century & Earlier

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