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Bilston "HMS Victory" Patchbox

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Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Bilston "HMS Victory" Patchbox

Early 19th century English enamel on copper patch box of the HMS Victory. Keepsakes commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, which was considered the most decisive British victory during the Napoleonic Wars, were extremely popular. These keepsakes included patch boxes, like this one, which celebrated Nelsonís famous ship, the HMS Victory. IT IS OVAL IN FORM AND DEPICTS A POLYCHROME SCENE OF NELSON'S FLAG SHIP "THE VICTORY" IN FULL SAIL AFTER THE BATTLE OF 1805. ABOVE THE SCENE IS THE LEGEND 'THE VICTORY', WHILE THE BODY OF THE BOX IS IN A DEEP GREEN AND THE INNER IS WHITE ENAMEL. IT HAS ITS INNER MIRROR, WHILE THE LID IS ATTACHED TO THE BODY WITH A HINGED BRASS FRAME WHICH HAS A THUMB PIECE AT THE FRONT AND A STOP AT THE REAR SO AS TO ONLY LET IT OPEN TO THE VERTICAL. IT MEASURES 1 1/2" (4.5) L x 1 1/4" (4cm) D x 1" (2.5cm) H (APPROX) Crack to interior mirror. Minor loss to interior enameling.

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