18th-century English Transferware Patch Box; Now known as Royal Leamington Spa, the town of Leamington began its prodigious spa industry in 1784 when it began building baths around its salt springs. Consequently, the image on this patch box displays a Classical figure holding a caduceus, a symbol of the medical community dating back the sixteenth century. Thus, it is safe to say that this could have been produced no earlier than the last quarter of the eighteenth century. In addition, this box was most likely made in Bilston. Bilston was the center of “trifle” boxes and its relative proximity to Leamington (approximately 40 miles) confirm this as the source of the box.
Wear to writing, minor cracks on the side and minor restoration.
Susan Benjamin. English Enamel Boxes. (1976).