The Queen's 95th Birthday Limited Edition Music Box
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A limited edition of 30.
To celebrate the 95th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace has commissioned this exclusive Music Box from Halcyon Days which plays the National Anthem.
The design of this beautiful Limited Edition Music Box is inspired by the pink roses in bloom at the time of The Queen’s official birthday in June, on the East Terrace Garden, Windsor Castle. Inside the lid of the Music Box is the inscription 'To celebrate the ninety-fifth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 21st April 2021' in 22 carat gold. The surrounding pattern of this magnificent piece is a delicate border inspired by the Sèvres Porcelain patterns in the Royal Collection, decorative acanthus leaves and the National Emblems of the United Kingdom.
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.
Bearing The Queen's 95th birthday design, this exquisitely detailed music box is a delight to behold, and the glass-covered interior allows for the intricate traditional, mechanical movement to be truly appreciated.
5 x 8 x 9 cm.