Antique Georgian Bilston Battersea patch or snuff box circa 1780s. An Eighteenth Century Battersea Bilston motto patch box.
Black writing on white background which reads, My Dearft Love Ill Conftantprove. When you open the box there is the original mercury mirror in the lid which has peeled from the glass. Patches were the 18th century equivalent of beauty marks and were traditionally little pieces of gummed black silk taffeta or velvet used to draw attention to a particular facial feature and flatter the complexion. They were originally used to cover up smallpox scars in the 17th century and over time developed into many shapes including round, square, heart, star, crescent moon. They also were used as covert romantic signals.It measures just over 1 1/2inches wide, 1 1/8inches deep and is 7/8 inch tall. The enamel is cracked and chipped also small chip on inside of the glass in the lid on the edge (please examine photos) Still a lovely and unique additional to anyones antique collection. The item "Antique Georgian Bilston Battersea Enamel Patch Box Hand Painted Motto Snuff Box" is in sale since Wednesday, January 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "harbora" and is located in Venice, Florida.
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