VINTAGE RARE HALCYON DAYS ENAMEL BOX-QUEEN ELIZABETH 1
Limited edition: Numbered 35 of 150
Length: 2.675 inches / 6.7 cm
Stock number: RG7418/0121
A rare vintage Halcyon Days limited edition enamel box painted with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth !. The inside of the top is inscribed ‘Queen Elizabeth !’ after a painting in the collection of Jesus College, Oxford. The base is inscribed Made under licence from Oxford Ltd. In an edition limited to 150 this is number 35.
At present I am unable to locate the box for this box, hence the reduced price ticket. I hope to be able to find the box soon and will add photographs as soon as I do.
Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor.
Founded by Susan Benjamin in 1950, Halcyon Days was initially a small antiques shop based on Avery Row in London which specialised in dealing with English antiques, in particular small enamel boxes.
The English craft of enameling onto copper had flourished during the 18th century, but by the 1830s it had almost disappeared; consequently the pieces which Halcyon Days specialized in were extremely rare. In 1970 Susan Benjamin established a collaboration with enamel manufacturer Bilston and Battersea Enamels to continue the fine tradition of English enamels. Tradition is at the heart of everything that Halcyon Days does. As the guardian of enameling, their team of highly skilled craftsmen and master artists employ refined techniques that have been handed down for generations.
In recognition of excellence for service and quality, Halcyon Days has been granted the maximum number of Royal Warrants a business may display – four.
Only eight English companies in the world have achieved this honor.