This limited edition enamel on copper box was made by Halcyon Days in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Established in 1950, the company revived the art of enameling on copper and created the Halcyon Days enamel boxes. They are hand made in their factory in Wolverhampton, where the industry originated in the 18th century. Halcyon Days is one of only fourteen companies in the world to hold all three Royal Warrants, as suppliers of Objets d’Art.
The exquisite, hinged trinket box is decorated with the following on the lid: a portrait of William Penn; a drawing of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed; a ruffed grouse (the state bird); bouquets of mountain laurel, the state flower; and a ribbon with the word "PENNSYLVANIA." The sides have printed panels, one with information about the Declaration of Independence and the other two concerning William Penn. Inside the lid is printed "William Penn, Quaker and founder in 1682 of the state of Pennsylvania, was born in London in 1644" with a picture of the Liberty Bell. Inside the bottom is the Great Seal of Pennsylvania. The bottom of the box is printed with the Halcyon Days logo, including the Royal Warrant symbol, and "In an edition limited to 350 the number of this box is 318." (The 318 is hand written under the clear top glaze.)
Measuring 2 1/4 inches across and 1 1/4 inches high to the top of the slightly domed lid, the box is in excellent condition, with virtually no discernible wear. The lid opens and closes smoothly. It's a wonderful find for the history buff, the Pennsylvania fan and the collector of fine enamel boxes.
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