English, Bilston, 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. They were also purchased as souvenirs while traveling. They frequently started with the phrase “A trifle from...” as seen on this box. Usually oval in shape, but also circular and rectangular, their decoration reflected the popular styles of the day. However, this box is particularly unusual in its mention of Blockley. Fountains Abbey, a popular English tourist destination for hundreds of yea
rs, is over 100 miles away from Blockley. Fine cracks to the interior. Restoration to the exterior body.
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976.)