Sweet patch boxes


 Woman and dove patch box
18th century mirror enamel patch box 
Bilston/South Staffordshire


Patch boxes are small, usually rectangular, sometimes oval box 
used mostly as a receptacle for beauty patches, especially in the 18th century. 
During the days of Louis XV, black patches of gummed taffeta were popular 
with fashionable women (and sometimes men) who wanted to 
emphasize the beauty or whiteness of their skin


Applying patches, French, 1768–70


 May You Be Happy
18th century mirror enamel patch box 
Bilston/South Staffordshire


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