English enamel bird box, goldfinch, Bilston, C. 1800
English enamel pastille box in the form of a goldfinch, painted in naturalistic colours of brown, black , and yellow stripe to wings, the head red, the base panel with a scene of a goldfinch perched on a branch in a landscape.
South Staffordshire, probably Bilston,
8cm wide, 6cm high
excellent condition, slight flaw down seam, slight wear to beak
These boxes were for holding pastille breath fresheners, an essential item for any genteel person before the event of dental hygiene!