Here is a 19th century artist's box with a trade label to the sliding lid and the Victorian stamp.
Inside are three watercolour cakes, chalk a ceramic mixing pallete with ribbons to the side to lift it out and a paint brush. There is also a label with Reeves & Sons 113 Cheapside London.The box also comes with some newspaper cuttings about the box.
This box was made by Reeves & Co around 1870 and the label states that it was a "prize Colour Box' with directions and suggestions on use.
These boxes were given as prizes. These awards were provided for in the British Education Reform Acts of 1870 - which was a historical advancement in educational reform. These were awarded to students for "good attendance & diligence" Awards were also given to educators.
It measures 17.5cm l x 10cm w x 2cm h.