Mid-late eighteenth century enamel perfume box. c. 1770



A mid-late eighteenth century enamel perfume box. c. 1770.

This striking and interesting enamel perfume box is most likely to have been produced in South Staffordshire between the middle and the end of the eighteenth century. The beautifuuly decorated enamel exterior contains a fitted bottle with its original brass screw top to make the box suitable and secure for travel. A wide variety of such boxes were made throughout the eighteenth century and were highly prized possessions, used by both ladies and gentlemen of the period. The slightly larger than average scale and somewhat heavier nature of the decoration of this example would suggest that it is more likely to have belonged to a gentleman.

   This charming eighteenth century South Staffordshire perfume box stands 6 cm high. It is 3.5 cm at its widest point and 2cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). It is in fine condition, bearing wear appropriate to its age and substance.