A late eighteenth century South Staffordshire enamel Thimble egg. c. 1790.
This incredibly rare piece of eighteenth century enamel is likely to have been made in South Staffordshire towards the end of the eighteenth century. Thimble boxes at that period often took the form of eggs or acorns and this is a particularly fine example. The exterior of the egg is decorated in a rich pink ground overlaid with a diaper pattern in white and highlights of rich gilding. Panels around the egg are filled with floral decoration which are matched on the original enamel thimble stored inside, again heightened with the same gilt and white decoration over a matching pink ground. The thimble is held in a fitted silk lined interior as shown in the photographs.
This extremely rare and beautiful piece of eighteenth century enamel is 5.5 cm long and 3.75 cm at its widest point. the thimble is 1.75 cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing light wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.