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18th-century English Enamel Patch Box

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18th-century English Enamel Patch Box

English, Bilston, late 18th century, patch box,

These memento boxes were popular at the end of the eighteenth century and frequently given as tokens of friendship and love. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, the decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. For example, by the 1790s Neoclassical style swags, doves, hearts, and borders were the most commonly used decoration of the day. This one reads "The Absent Not Forgotten."

Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976).

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