Enamelled metal patch-box

An oval shaped box with a painted design of a cow, a man and a church.

Probably Bilston or Birmingham, 1760- 1780

Written inside is 'Fidelle en amour' (faithful in love) and inside the lid is a mirror.

Patch-boxes held fake beauty spots. A woman would stick one of these on her face to make herself more attractive. They were also often used to cover scars and blemishes caused by diseases like smallpox. The box was called a patch-box because the beauty spots were used to 'patch' the scars on the skin.

Given by the Miss Ashtons, 1890.