Crummles Enamel box 2nd issue Christmas 1977
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Sold Date: 03/18/2011
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Crummles English Enamels
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The 1977 or second issue of enamel Christmas Boxes, produced by Crummles in England. This hand painted enamel on copper box shows a nostalgic English Winter Scene. 4 Horses pull a coach along a snowy path, the background a snowy and wintry landscape-see photo.
Marked "Anno Domini 1977" on the interior's white enamel. The base of the box is, red enamel, finished with gilded rims and hinge, it measures 1 3/4"D and is 1 1/4" deep.
Condition: It is in Mint condition with box and certificate of authenticity.
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Note all the Crummles boxes are entirely handmade in England, at a time when other companies are producing English brand items abroad, this company has continued to make these high quality items in England.
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In 1974 Crummles English Enamels were founded in the tradition and quality of the Eighteenth Century English Enamel Boxes. Crummles goal was to produce a present day product that rivaled those exquisite enamel boxes of old. I discovered this great company quite by accident and having handled the Halcyon Days Boxes already, I found this company's product very impressive. I handled both companies' products in the 70s and 80's. Crummles produced boxes with the greatest of care and their quality of construction was the best. This was accomplished using the same techniques and skills of the 18th Century and applying modern technology to their production and design studios.
Today they are one of few manufacturers that handmade and hand painted all their products exclusively in England!!!
Over 70 different operations are needed to make each Crummles Enamel Box, and the various parts of enamel box pass through the firing kiln at least 11 times in this intricate process.
The box is first shaped from a thin sheet of pure copper. Then, Layer upon layer of enamel is applied and then fired repeatedly at high temperatures until the beautiful glazed finish is achieved. On most boxes a transfer is applied to the enamel, and fired onto the surface. Then a team of skilled artist applies the specially mixed colors entirely by hand, building up richness with repeated applications and firings. Some of the special boxes are all hand painted instead of using a transfer and are then sighed by the artist. These are like miniature paintings.
Crummles bezels and hinges are the best in the industry. The bezels and hinges are made of brass, then silver soldered and gilded, and they are then hand finished with final adjustments completing this phase of the process. Each mount is made individually ensuring a distinctive product with the unique option of displaying open for viewing the inside detail. Many of the boxes came decorated on the inside of the lid. See these process in the illustration below!!!!
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