Birmingham enamel box, Kent Volunteers review by George III, Maidstone, dated 1st August 1799
Birmingham enamel box, painted with Britania, a Lion & Unicorn, surmounting a triumphant arch, inscribed with the inscription ‘Kent Volunteers / Loyal, Brave & True’ , also ‘Reviewed by His Majesty, Mote Park near Maidstone / 1st August 1799’ , the interior with a mirror.
repair to base and small chip on top, mirror degraded
5x4cm, 2.5cm high
This is apparently a unique survivor, created as a souvenir of an important event in the lead-up to the Napoleonic Wars, when England was bracing for a possible French invasion. See accompanying documentation for a full discussion of this rare piece of English history.