Exquisite enamelware and beautiful gifts designed to last a lifetime
Halcyon Days began life in 1950 as a small antiques shop specialising in 17th-century enamelware.
At the time, the art of enamelling on copper, which had flourished in the 18th century, was mostly just reserved for utility items such as saucepans. The shop set about reviving this artisan craft and the renowned Halcyon Days enamel box was born. Since its establishment, the company has been awarded all three Royal Warrants to the British Royal Household as Suppliers of Objets d’Art – one of only 14 companies in the world to do so.
In recent years, Chairman and CEO Pamela Harper has steered the company towards growth and allowed it to branch out into other sectors: today, while enamelware is still at its core, other luxury accessories such as English fine bone china tea sets, dinnerware, candles, trinket trays and silk products have all been successfully introduced. Her wealth of industry knowledge, creative encouragement and drive to support British manufacturing ensure that the company employs highly skilled master artists to make the products entirely by hand using traditional techniques in its Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton factories. It is also looking to the future by training the next generation through apprenticeship schemes with QEST, The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
New products this year include several Royal Wedding themed collections in commemoration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming marriage. ‘Wedding Ribbons’ is a pair of specially designed, handcrafted enamel boxes and range of fine bone china pieces all depicting illustrative details on a Jacaranda blue and violet stripe pattern background; peonies with a knotted ribbon frame the royal couple’s names and initials. ‘A Very Special Relationship’ is a variety of enamelware and fine bone china with a joyful design that combines the Union Jack flag and the Star Spangled banner.
The fine bone china ‘Antler Trellis’ range, which was created in collaboration with one of Scotland’s finest estates, Gordon Castle, has also just been launched in midnight blue. From afar, the designs appear to show a golden trellis but up close, uniformed antlers can be seen. And the ‘Castle of Mey’ floral fine bone china collection, which is inspired by the much-loved holiday home of the late Queen Mother and produced in collaboration with The Castle and Gardens of Mey Trust, is being extended. It will include a striking, diamond-shaped design available in lemon yellow, mint green, rose, lavender and sky blue.
Halcyon Days also has an exceptional bespoke gifting service and can create the perfect tailor-made present for a landmark anniversary, significant birthday or any other momentous occasion. Already made to the highest standards, adding a bespoke design to these beautiful enamel boxes or English fine bone china sets creates a gift that is not only personal but also tells a story of true British craftsmanship. Past bespoke requests for clients include wedding guests’ initials monogrammed onto enamel boxes to be used in place of table cards, tableware with hand gilded family crests, teaware featuring a clan’s tartan and much more. Exquisite pieces, made to mark every important milestone.
Halcyon Days, 27 Royal Exchangen London, EC3V 3LP. +44 (0)20 3725 8001