Late eighteenth century South Staffordshire enamel etui


Late eighteenth century South Staffordshire enamel etui.

This superb example of enamel work was produced in South Staffordshire in the second half of the eighteenth century. It is known as an “etui” or small, ornamental case for holding perfume sewing accessories or, in this case, a variety of tools necessary for day to day life at this period. Unusually, this example is complete, having the full complement of tools, Tweezers, scissors,aide memoir, pencil, knife, bodkin, spoon and ear wax scoop. The enamel is a pink ground with gilt decorations and vignettes showing landscapes and floral panels, all bound in gilt metal mounts.

This fine and rare eighteenth century Staffordshire enamel etui stands 10.5cm high, is 5cm at its widest point and is 2.5cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It is in good condition, some crazing and light wear to the enamel appropriate to its age, substance and use. It has no damage and no restoration.