This is a rare Arts and Crafts silver and enamel box by Bernard Instone, hallmarked for Birmingham 1930.
The cover of the box is adorned with painted enamelled pink flowers and green leaves on a blue background.
The box is in plain silver and its hinge is in excellent working order.
*Bernard Instone (1891) was born in Birmingham and developed an interest in jewellery and silversmithing from an early age. He had a brief spell training in Berlin before returning and joining John Paul Cooper’s workshop. After the war he then set up his first company, Langstone silver works, in 1919. He proceeded to supply clients such as Sibyl Dunlop and Liberty’s and continued working until his retirement in 1963.