Coronation Commemorative 'God Save The Queen' Music Box
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A limited edition of 100.
Presented in a hand made gift box with numbered certificate.
Commissioned by Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The design reflects the pomp and pageantry of the Coronation procession; the Coat of Arms is from the heraldic bearings of the coaches. The border decoration is taken from the silk damask banners of the State Trumpets which heralded the moment of crowning at Westminster Abbey.
Plays 'God Save The Queen'.
Small, highly decorative, enamelled copper boxes first became popular in England in the 18th century, when they were used for carrying such commodities as snuff, black paper 'beauty spot' patches, and cachous to sweeten the breath. Their popularity diminished, and, by 1840, their production had ceased entirely. By the 20th century, these 18th century boxes became highly sought after collector's items. In 1970, Halcyon Days (established 1950) revived the tradition of enamelling on copper.
The manufacturing process used by Halcyon Days is similar to that used over 200 years ago, and is exceedingly labour intensive. To prepare the basic shapes, sheet copper is formed on a hand-operated press by a metal working craftsman, and then acid-washed to ensure perfect cleanliness and to provide a roughened surface for the adherence of the enamel.
To form the enamel, glass particles are milled into a solution, and at least four coats are applied, each fired at 800c to build up a smooth enamel. A transfer of the design is applied by hand, and fired; then detailed hand painting begins, and the box is fired again on completion. The lid and base are then set into gold plated brass mounts.
5 x 8 x 9.5 cm.
Height when opened 13 cm.
Bespoke box 8.5 x 14 x 13.5 cm.