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UNDER THE HAMMER.

Byline: Mike Litherland

WANT to give something different this Easter, that will last a bit longer than a chocolate egg? Look no further, we recently sold a small collection of Halcyon Days enamel Easter eggs for PS95 - a fraction of the retail price, as individual eggs retail for more than PS100 each.

Halcyon Days is a British retailer of luxury goods including enamel products, fine bone china, crystal etc. Its primary store is at the Royal Exchange in London, stockists include Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Neiman Marcus and Scully & Scully of New York, to name but a few Founded by Susan Benjamin in 1950, Halcyon Days was initially a small antiques shop in London which specialised in English antiques, in particular small enamel boxes. By 1959 the company had outgrown its original premises and moved to a shop in the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

The English craft of enamelling on copper flourished during the 18th century and by the 1830s it had almost disappeared. The pieces Halcyon Days specialised in were extremely rare. In 1970 Susan Benjamin established a collaboration with enamel manufacturer Bilston and Battersea Enamels.

By the 1980s the company began to produce new products in bone china and porcelain, and these now form a major part of the company's luxury goods portfolio.

In 2008 the company opened a workshop at Tipton. Today all enamel pieces are still hand-produced at the Strawberry production facility, and its fine bone china is made at its facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Halcyon Days enamel products include boxes, musical boxes, cufflinks and bangles. A number of the enamel rages are produced as limited editions, and commemorative products are key. The company also produces items in bone china, ranging from dinnerware to teaware, and gifts. Enamel bangles launched in 2011 are now sought after, and the jewellery range includes pendants and earrings.

Maybe the younger members of the family would still prefer chocolate Easter eggs, but I'm sure wives, girlfriends, etc would appreciate something to keep. Why pay retail prices when you can buy at a fraction of the price at auction? Go on, spoil her.

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Author:Mike Litherland
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Mar 17, 2018
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