First I want to start with a quick explanation of what vitreous enamel exactly is. Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass by firing. The powder melts, flows and then hardens to a smooth durable vitreous coating. The word comes from Latin, meaning "glassy".
To continue, see the image on the left with a selection of our new silver and enamel pieces:
1. A pair of 1950s gilt metal and hand painted vitreous enamel cufflinks with the colour and insignia of the Royal Engineers (left);
2. A sterling silver and vitreous enamel Royal Australian Air Force sweetheart brooch, c.1940 (top left);
3. A hallmarked sterling silver napkin ring with vitreous enamel Birmingham 1930 (top mid);
4. A hallmarked sterling silver napkin ring with vitreous enamel Glasgow 1953 (top right);
5. A hallmarked sterling silver vesta case with a vitreous enamel shield of St John's College Oxford University by Blanckenesee & Sons Birmingham 1902 (bottom right).
It's one of the best parts of our job to locate and find these unique pieces with these unwritten stories. Explore our stock online (we try to keep it up to date) or come and visit us in store here at
Greene & Greene Antiques to view an intriguing collection of silver and vitreous enamel pieces.