Originating in Bilston, England in 1741, enamel boxes were made to carry snuff, sweets, and beauty spots. Eighteenth century courting couples made them popular as gifts promising lasting affection.
Our boxes are 100% hand painted. Each box is a signed work of art. Production methods have changed little from those used by our Georgian forefathers.
A Staffordshire Enamel box starts life as a copper sheet. The lid and base parts of the box are produced by spinning or pressing the shapes from thin copper sheets. The surface of the copper is pickled in acid to clean and roughen it ready to accept the application of enamel.
Enamel is created from vitreous glass, which is milled to a fine powder and converted to emulsion by the addition of water and coloured oxides. Each copper form is coated with a ground coat and several layers of white or coloured enamel either by spraying or dipping. Each coat is individually fired in kilns heated to 800º C to ensure longevity and the deep lustrous finish.
Staffordshire Enamels boxes, bonbonnières, music boxes, cufflinks, paperweights and clocks are shipped all over the world to discerning collectors. The boxes are treasured not only for the pleasure they give today and every day, but also for their investment potential.
Many collectors ask us to inscribe the inside lid or base with a very special message.
We are pleased to do this for a small extra charge.