The art of enameling on copper became popular during the 1700s in England. Two of the main areas of manufacture were Bilston in the West Midlands and Battersea in London. It is said that enameling at Bilston began when a number of French craftsmen fled France in the 1750s due to religious persecution. York House in Battersea is synonymous with English enameling on copper; only open for three years (closing in 1756), Battersea is renowned for the fine enamels that it produced. Enamel boxes were the fashionable accessories of the Georgian era and their novelty and charm are almost as popular today as people give them as a keepsake for lifes special moments.
The late 1960s sees the foundation of todays story with the twentieth-century revival of English enameling within Bilston. Copper Enamels (Bilston) Ltd. established in 1968 by the Marshall family, built upon the handed-down knowledge of the craft of enameling on copper.In 1970 the name was changed to Bilston & Battersea Enamels and in an innovative venture between a London-based antiques dealer, who designed boxes based on those made in Georgian times, Bilston & Battersea Enamels saw the revival of an English craft established in its original home. Now collectors around the globe can once again enjoy the much-loved Bilston Battersea enamels with their distinctive backstamp. We are very pleased to offer their complete line here.