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Antique Vienna Silver Gilt & Enamel Patch Box C1860

Antique Vienna Silver Gilt & Enamel Patch Box C1860

Antique Vienna Silver Gilt & Enamel Patch Box C1860


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About this item

This is an absolutely exquisite silver gilt and enamel patch box, with silver marks for Vienna, C 1860, and the makers mark SG.

The top lid of the box is finely decorated with a hand painted enamel scene of a relaxing lady and boy posing in a classical garden scene. The scene is surrounded by a rich border textured blue foliate enamel and silver scroll frame, the sides and base with similar guilloche enamel decoration.

This is a rare opportunity to own such a magnificent piece.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 1.5 x Width 3 x Depth 3 & Weight 1.05 troy oz

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 inch x Width 1 inch x Depth 1 inch

A fashion that became all the rage from the 1600's through to the early 1800's was the face patch. We see them in portraits, and caricatures, those tiny black (sometimes red) "beauty spots" a lady would add to her face. They've made a few comebacks over the centuries, especially in the 1920's and late 1940's

These tiny gems of over the top ornamentation served many different purposes. They could be used to cover up blemishes of poc marks, different placements could even signify political allegiance! They were also used as a contrast to highlight a brilliant complexion!

Since patches were popular with ladies of high fashion, and high income , beautifully decorated little boxes were created to hold these tiny treasures in. These tiny boxes often enameled used to be given to ladies as love and friendship tokens with sentimental messages enameled into the design.


W3.0 x H1.5 x D3.0 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



19th Century




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