Rare pink base enamel patch box. The white-ground lid has an over-painted transfer print of Princess Charlotte wearing a blue dress with white fichu and posy of flowers with a plumed hat on her powdered hair. Below in a banner is `Princess Royal of England`. Bilston C1817. Original internal mirror.
NB Princess Charlotte was the only child of the future George IV and the unpopular Caroline of Brunswick who parted immediately after the birth. Charlotte was a lively warm-tempered girl and was brought up in strict seclusion seeing her parents rarely. On May 2nd 1816 she married Prince Leopold on Saxe Coburg which was a happy but short-lived marriage as she died on Novermber 5th 1817 giving birth to a stillborn boy.