- Boxes like this Reeves & Sons Watercolor set were
awarded to students for achievement.
- Awards were provided for by the British Education Reform
acts of 1870 - acts which still serve as a model
- of promoting education
& Sons Watercolor paint box dating 1870's-1890's.
Mahogany box with most of the original equipment lovingly used:
the original palette, all its original paint blocks fitting the
corresponding labeled slots, and brushes.
All the labels match each other: the colorful box label under
the brush section, the label in the bottom of the box, the palette
label and the labeled blocks of paint . Marks correspond with
the "Reeves and Sons, 113 Cheapside, London. E.C."
labeled on the inside of the lid.
handsome watercolor set was a award/ reward by the Royal Science
and Art Department which is stamped on the outside of the box
and shows on the label on the inside of the lid.
like this 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.
included is was called a "hair pencil" which we now
call a brush. It is a thin handle to which a quill shaft with
& Sons palette
- in this