For your consideration is this antique Georgian Bilston Battersea patch or snuff box circa 1775. The patches they held were the faux moles you see on Rococo faces, which were very fashionable at the time. If you were well to do, you would skip using a pencil to paint them on and would instead opt for patches made of silk or mouse skin, which you would then paste to your face.
It is made of hand enameled copper with a mirror inside the lid. The lid carries a hand painted motto of Have communion with a few, Be familiar with one, Deal justly with all, Speak evil of none. It measures just over 1.5 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and is 1 inch tall.The enamel is cracked and chipped (please examine photos) and the hinge is broken. Still a lovely and unique additional to anyones antique collection. Please check out my other listings for more interesting finds. The item "ANTIQUE Georgian Bilston Battersea Enamel Patch Box Hand Painted Motto Snuff" is in sale since Wednesday, December 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "casparcuriosities" and is located in Caspar, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.