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ENAMEL PATCH BOX, FABULOUS
is a lovely really tiny Enamel Patch Box - would you believe this dates from
circa 1790? This is a remarkable survivor. There are some minor
age imperfections - but more often than not, one has to accept these little
boxes with lots of damage... Even the original mirror inside, worn though it
is through time, is there and not cracked. The majority of mirrors in
these little boxes are badly cracked and that is little wonder as the box is
over 230 years old! It has the most wonderful verse on the lid
"Take this Dear Girl, May you prove true, Till I return, From Sea to you".
Isn`t that so lovely! I so hope the lady did in fact stay true to her
loving Sailor Boy. The little patch box opens on a hinge - and
that still functions well. The pink enamel outside and the white
enamel inside as mentioned above have little faults but are amazing for the
age and material of this item. Enamelled on metal.