patch box

patch box


An oval box with a plain brass mount and hinged lid with steel mirror inside. Enamel on metal and transfer-printed on the lid in black on a white ground with the image of Manchester Infirmary on Piccadilly; inscribed above and below the image is 'A PRESENT FROM MANCHESTER / INFIRMARY'. The image shows as a central, tall building with a triangular pediment and surmounted by a weather vane; a line of smoke from a chimney; a long building to the left and various buildings to the right, with open ground and a fence in the foreground. The body of the box is light blue.

Display Label

Patch box about 1790-1815 Staffordshire Enamelled metal with transfer print Harold Raby, a bank manager from Withington, Manchester, bequeathed his entire collection of 456 enamel boxes to the gallery. He wanted them to be displayed together, if at all possible. 1958.262

Object Name

patch box

Date Created



object: 2.4cm x 4.3cm

accession number


Place of creation

South Staffordshire


On Display

[G3] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 3
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Harold Raby bequest


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