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    George Washington: Very Rare Battersea Enameled Box. Used to hold women's beauty patches, these boxes were made in great numbers in workshops in and around Battersea, England, hence the term. A very few destined for the American market bore images of Washington or Franklin, or American patriotic slogans. This variety reading "Great Washington to Thee We Owe Our Liberty" is much rarer than the portrait varieties. Last year, Heritage sold the ultimate Battersea box, bearing a crown and the slogan "On Washington Bold Place a Crown of Pure Gold", for $25,000! This is an oval metal box with hinged lid. The bottom of the box has green enameling, while the white enameled lid carries the slogan. As is often the case with these boxes, there are several fine cracks in the enamel but fortunately, the words are not affected and they detract minimally. Diameter 2", height 0.875". From the collection of U. I. "Chick" Harris.

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    August, 2008
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