Halcyon Days Royal Couple’s Birthdays Enamel Box
In celebration of the 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 21st April 2006
And the 85th birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 10th June 2006.
Queen victoria and Prince Albert from whom they are both descended were also blessed with a long and happy marriage.
In an edition limited to 250, the number of this box is 95.
Founded by Susan Benjamin in 1950, Halcyon Days was initially a small antiques shop based on Avery Row in London which specialised in dealing with English antiques, in particular small enamel boxes. By 1959 the company had outgrown its original premises and moved to its home on Brook Street, where it remained for some 50 years. It now operates a shop in the Royal Exchange in the City of London ( opens September 2016 ) and from its offices and showroom in Knightsbridge, London.
Whilst the English craft of enamelling onto copper flourished during the 18th century, by the 1830s it had almost disappeared; consequently the pieces which Halcyon Days specialised in were extremely rare. In 1970 Susan Benjamin established a collaboration with enamel manufacturer Bilston and Battersea Enamels.
In 1978 Halcyon Days was granted the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, followed in 1987 by the Royal Warrants of the Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, as the first ever ‘Suppliers of Objets d’Art’.
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