Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crummles 'Snow White' Enamels

English enamel boxes have been around for a long time. Eighteenth century individuals would use the handmade containers "to carry snuff, sweets, and beauty spots...and courting couples made them popular as gifts betokening lasting affection." [Source: Staffordshire Enamels]

Enamel boxes continue to be popular to this day. This round example featuring a classic scene from Snow White dates from the early 1990s. Made in England by Crummles and Company, it was purchased from a gift shop in Cambridge. The box is enameled on copper and the artwork is hand painted.

Box images and info courtesy of the Elana Sperber collection.

While searching online for other boxes, I stumbled across this same Crummles enamel Snow White design being used on the whorl disc of a children's drop spindle.

Crummles enameled walnut whorl priced at $137 (USD). Available from Golding Fiber Tools.

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