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This emamel-on-copper box was most likely made in the 18th century. Boxes like this and other "trifles" delighted fashionable Georgians. These enamel wares are usually called "Battersea Enamel" after Stephen Janssen's factory which was established in 1753 at York House, Battersea, London, even though they were also produced elsewhere in London as well as in Birmingham, Bilston, Wednesbury and Liverpool. This box would have been an heirloom when Partridge Fiske gave it to his bride Lydia Dickenson in 1824. The inscription "Constant to thee I'll ever be" makes it a fitting wedding present.


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