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1927 Richard Hudnut Loose Powder Compact 1) Inventory # E00018: 1927 Richard Hudnut Loose Powder Compact
This 1927 Richard Hudnut gold tone loose powder vanity case is illustrated in blue enamel on page 84 of “Compacts” by Mueller. The stylized tulip design is accentuated by deep red enamel on the lid. The back is elaborately engine turned in a spiral design. The case is signed on the powder door. A spring button opens the case. The Framed double-sided mirror serves and the cover for the rouge compartment in the lid which still carries the vintage cosmetic. The original puffs are present. The finish of the powder door is darkened as is one spot on the engine turned shoulder of the front. Two tiny flea bites are present along the edge of the case and a several pinpoint size enamel flaws are barely visible. Measures 2 5/8” in diameter.
$60.00
Descriptors: 1920s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, Metal, Red/Pink, Richard Hudnut
Status: Available  
1952 Rotary International Sterling Silver CompactSterling silver compact 2) Inventory # 960967: 1952 Rotary International Sterling Silver CompactSterling silver compact
1952 Rotary International Sterling silver compact. Case marked Sterling Mexico. on the case. Frame mounted mirror in excellent condition. Engine turned loose powder door. Original puff and sifter included. 3" diameter. Excellent condition.
$125.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Silver, Sterling Silver
Status: Available  
Black Velvet Fitted Clutch with Matching Compact Made in USA 3) Inventory # E00012: Black Velvet Fitted Clutch with Matching Compact Made in USA
Petite and stylish, this black velvet fitted clutch is unmarked except for the “Made in USA” incised case mark on the matching black velvet compact. Unsnap the envelope flap and the bag opens to provide access to the body mounted mirror inside. This mirror shows slight spotting. The compact fits into its own open pocket, is unused and includes paper liner, sifter puff and pristine frame mounted mirror. Flawless condition. Measures 5 x 4 x 1 ½”.
$55.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Black/Gray, Clutch Bag, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Fabric, Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Bourjois Evening in Paris Silvertone vanity 4) Inventory # 960971: Bourjois Evening in Paris Silvertone vanity
Bourjois Evening in Paris Silvertone vanity case with built in lipstick cylinder. Stainless steel mirror in the lid. Loose powder compartment with signed puff. Ca. 1940. Missing center rouge compartment. Measures 3 1/4 x 2 1/4".
$60.00
Descriptors: 1940s, Bourjois, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Metal, Silver
Status: On Hold
Coty Air Spun Compact 5) Inventory # 970721: Coty Air Spun Compact
Coty Air Spun Compact. Frame mounted mirror. Signed "Coty Air Spun Ponder de Beaute" case marked patent number dates to 1926. Includes original signed puff. Very minor spotting on mirror, but overall excellent condition. Measures 3 1/4" in diameter.
$95.00
Descriptors: 1920s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Coty, Gold, Metal
Status: Available  
Coty envelope compact 6) Inventory # 960976: Coty envelope compact
Coty envelope compact unfolds to reveal framed mirror. Original signed puff and signed door on the loose powder compartment. Illustrated on page 265 of Gerson’s "Vintage Ladies Compacts." Mirror very slightly aged with few tiny black discolorations. Back finish shows some wear. Generally and excellent example of this unusual design. Measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2".
$70.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Coty, Gold, Metal
Status: Available  
Cue 5-Sided Gold & Black Brocade Fitted Vanity Bag 7) Inventory # H00038: Cue 5-Sided Gold & Black Brocade Fitted Vanity Bag
Vintage perfection is apparent in this Cue five-sided Black & Gold brocade fitted vanity bag. A “U” shaped hinged hasp firs over a gold peg on the frame to close. Red satin lines the interior and is pierced and threaded with gold lame’ elastic bands that organize the original equipment inside including an unused lipstick tube, clear plastic comb with gold metal cover, red satin coin purse and a nifty push button pen light. The original compact was damaged, so an early Avon square compact with filigree trimmed envelope flap closure and original Avon puff is included. There is a short finger loop on the back for easy carrying. Measures 6 ¼ x 1 ¼ x 6”.
$85.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Black/Gray, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Cue, Fabric, Gold, Handbag, Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Dorothy Gray Swash Buckle rouge compact 8) Inventory # 970143: Dorothy Gray Swash Buckle rouge compact
Dorothy Gray rouge compact is the companion to the loose powder compact illustrated on page 34 of "Compacts" by Mueller. Metal lid textured with reptile-like pattern and belt slide design called "Swash Buckle." Illustrated on page 299 #7 of Mueller’s "Compacts Volume II." Frame mounted mirror. Lots of bright red rouge. Measures 1 1/2" square ca. 1942. Excellent condition.
$50.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Dorothy Gray, Gold, Metal
Status: Available  
Dorset Fifth Avenue Gold Loose Powder Compact 9) Inventory # C00132: Dorset Fifth Avenue Gold Loose Powder Compact
This unused Dorset Fifth Avenue compact was a party favor at the University of Detroit High School Prom in 1958 and is inscribed as such on the bottom. This is especially fascinating as Dorset and Rex Fifth Avenue merged in 1951 to form Dorset-Rex and Dorset discontinued production under its own name. I suspect these compacts, or at least the puffs, were purchased at a discount by the high school as a result. The body of the compact is scalloped and feels graceful in the hand. The lid is embellished with a pearl trimmed medallion. A mushroom latch presses in to open. The original unused puff and powder sifter are present as is the white liner paper in the bottom of the powder compartment. The adhesive mounted mirror shows minute edge wear but no spotting. Outstanding condition. Measures 3" in diameter and 7/8" deep.
$65.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Dorset 5th Avenue, Gold, Metal
Status: Available  
Evans black silk velvet vanity bag 10) Inventory # A00455: Evans black silk velvet vanity bag
Charming Evans black silk velvet vanity bag is illustrated on p.233 of Gerson's "Vintage Ladies Compacts" and p.83 of "Gerson's Vanity Bags and Purses". A complex rouge and loose powder compact is built into the metal lid. The powder door is engraved in engine turned scalloped design. The rouge compartment still contains the bright pink product. The compartment's lid is a stainless steel mirror. The original rouge and powder puff are included. The body of the bag is fully lined in spotless black taffeta. The compact measures 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The bag itself 4 1/4 inches round and 2 inches deep. The bag is unmarked. Excellent condition.
$125.00
Descriptors: 1940s, Black/Gray, Clutch Bag, Compact/Cigarette Case, Evans, Fabric, Gold, Metal, Vanity Bag w Built-in Compact, Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Helena Rubenstein Sterling silver lipstick holder 11) Inventory # 980071: Helena Rubenstein Sterling silver lipstick holder
Helena Rubenstein Sterling silver lipstick holder with polka dot pattern. Textured ridge of the lid is inserted into the base and turned to raise the lipstick. Case marked "Sterling, des. pat. pend.," dating the item before 1954. Two pin point sized depressions in the lid, otherwise excellent condition.
$65.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Handbag Accessories, Helena Rubenstein, Silver, Sterling Silver
Status: Available  
Henriette fan shaped compact 12) Inventory # 980594: Henriette fan shaped compact
Beautiful fan shaped Henriette compact. Framed mirror. Case marked on powder door. Measures 4 1/2 x 3" Excellent condition.
$125.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, Henriette, Metal
Status: Available  
Henriette Spherical Compact with fabric flowers 13) Inventory # 960429: Henriette Spherical Compact with fabric flowers
Rare spherical Henriette Compact with fabric flowers under clear dome lid. Pictured on page 304 of Gerson’s "Ladies Vintage Compacts." Patent dates to 1938. Frame mounted mirror has numerous tiny dark specks. A few darkened areas of metal inside, otherwise excellent condition. Measures 2" in diameter.
$185.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, Henriette, Metal
Status: Available  
Lin-Bren Black & Gold Brocade Fitted Clutch &Matching Compact 14) Inventory # G00038: Lin-Bren Black & Gold Brocade Fitted Clutch &Matching Compact
Lin-Bren Products Corp. tracks back to 1950 so far and you can visit their page in Bag Lady University by clicking their name in the descriptor list below this description. They specialized in compacts and carryalls, especially fitted bags like this smart black brocade example. The gold latch folds forward to open and snap over a tiny metal prong that pierces the envelope flap, held by the folding latch. Spotless black taffeta lines the interior which is marked with the Lin-Bren gold logo. A shallow comb pocket is built into the front interior while on the back interior are fitted lipstick and compact sleeves. The matching 3 1/4" compact is in pristine condition and carries both the Lin-Bren incised mark and the 1947 patent number 2,425,540 for the complex process used to mount the fabric to the top and bottom of the compact body. The very limited use of metal in the ensemble points to an early post WWII date, possibly between 1946, when the patent was filed and 1950. The ensemble is in excellent unused condition, but there is no puff or sifter for he compact. The bag measures 6 1/4 x 2 x 7" to the top of the short swagger handle.
$95.00
Descriptors: 1940s, 1950s, Black/Gray, Clutch Bag, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Fabric, Gold, Lin–Bren , Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Pale Yellow La Mode guilloche’ Enamel Compact 15) Inventory # E00063: Pale Yellow La Mode guilloche’ Enamel Compact
A beautiful pale yellow La Mode guilloche’ enamel compact, made by Ripley & Gowan of Attelboro, Ma. in the 1930’s. The company was known for its elegant enamel pieces. This example features a loose powder compartment, center steel mirror, enclosing the rouge compartment in the lid. Both original puffs are included, but no rouge or powder is present. The case is marked in incised lettering. The interior finish on the powder door shows some wear and the are several rough areas on the mirror. The enamel is undamaged, but there are fine scratches to and bottom. Measures 2 ½” in diameter.
$80.00
Descriptors: Art Deco, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, La Mode, Metal, Yellow
Status: Available  
Pegi Paris Fittted Clutch w Compact 16) Inventory # F00009: Pegi Paris Fittted Clutch w Compact
The release of Vincent Minnelli's "Kismet" in 1955 stimulated interest in Islamic design on fashion. The fabric of this stylish Pegi Paris fitted clutch is a prime example. The gold embellished printed cotton is framed at the top by a sparkling gold edge. A Rau F. Co. snap firmly closes the envelope flap and opens wide to a beige taffeta interior with a comb pocket behind the Pegi Paris mirror and a front pocket fitted for the unused matte finish gold compact with marked Pegi Paris puff and original sifter in its original padded wrapper. Pristine condition inside and out with minor aging to the mirror's edges. Measures 7 x 2 x 4".
$125.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Clutch Bag, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Fabric, Multicolor, Pegi Paris, Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Pilcher bimetal loose powder compact 17) Inventory # 960287: Pilcher bimetal loose powder compact
Dynamic Pilcher bimetal loose powder compact is illustrated on p.33 of Mueller's "Compacts". This compact exhibits the chameleon effect, glossy and brushed alternating surfaces. The powder door is marked "Pilcher Made in USA" in incised lettering. There is no sifter or puff. The case mounted mirror shows some darkening around the edges. The lacquer of the compact bottom is scratched and darkened. {See detail}. Measures 3 1/4 inches in diameter.
$60.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Art Deco, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, Metal, Pilcher
Status: Available  
Rex 5th Ave. Brocade Fitted Clutch 18) Inventory # H00028: Rex 5th Ave. Brocade Fitted Clutch
Rex Fifth Avenue produced fitted clutches like this beautiful gold brocade with earthtone flowers before its 1951 merger with Dorset 5th Avenue to form Dorset-Rex. This exceptional example includes the matching brocade loose powder compact with frame mounted mirror and original puff and a pristine gold lipstick tube that fits into a specially designed sleeve in the bag's interior. The brown satin lining carries the Rex logo and provides a comb pocket, compact pocket and lipstick sleeve. Flawless condition. Measures 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2".
$90.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Brown/Earth Tones, Clutch Bag, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Fabric, Gold, Rex 5th Avenue , Variety Handbags
Status: Available  
Rex 5th Avenue flapjack compact 19) Inventory # 961134: Rex 5th Avenue flapjack compact
Rex 5th Avenue vintage flapjack compact. Open powder well with original signed puff and sifter. Case numbered patent dates to 1940. Embossed daisy and stylized leaf design in vinyl stretched over metal lid frame. Plain white vinyl bottom shows some yellowing. Case mounted mirror shows very minor aging. Measures 4 1/2" in diameter.
$60.00
Descriptors: 1940s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Metal, Rex 5th Avenue , White/Off-white
Status: Available  
Richard Hudnut DuBarry Travel case 20) Inventory # 970580: Richard Hudnut DuBarry Travel case
Richard Hudnut DuBarry Travel case-A Rarely found item. Includes numerous containers with original labels, some with original contents! Items include DuBarry Rachel base powder, unopened packet of facial tissues, glass skin cream jar, class cleansing cream jar, glass skin freshener bottle, foundation lotion glass bottle, red cream rouge and muted blue eye shadow. Similar to Richard Hudnut DuBarry case illustrated on page 164 of "Compacts" by Mueller. Brown vinyl case with snap fastener. Case measures 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/4" Mirror show age spotting. Lovelingly used condition.
$165.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Brown/Earth Tones, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Handbag, Richard Hudnut , Variety Handbags, Vinyl
Status: Available  
US Capitol & Cherry Trees Compact 21) Inventory # 960893: US Capitol & Cherry Trees Compact
Carry Springtime in your pocket! The US Capitol and cherry trees in bloom adorn the lid in full color, covered in protective acetate. Perfect red enamel, original puff and metal sifter all in unused condition make this an unusual survival. I have seen compacts similar to this dated 1940s or 1950s, but since WWII metal restrictions disallowed use in luxury goods like compacts and this one includes a metal sifter, I would date this late 1930s. There is one tiny edge darkening on the frame set lid mirror, common in compacts of this age. If you are a collector that demands near mint perfection, this is your compact! Measures 2 3/4" diameter.
$45.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Metal, Red/Pink
Status: Available  
Volupte' vanity case w buckle detail 22) Inventory # A00743: Volupte' vanity case w buckle detail
Volupte' vanity case in gloss and burnished silver is trimmed in front with a buckle detail edged in emerald green rhinestones. This carry all style is shown on p.160 of "Vanity and Purses" by Gerson. The matching compact is illustrated on p.46 of "Compacts, vol. 2" by Mueller. This example is missing the black faille carrying case but includes the original puff and sifter. The interior features a swinging stainless steel mirror, loose powder compartment incised Volupte' USA, lipstick compartment with decorative Avon tube lipstick and cigarette compartment. The area behind the swinging mirror can carry mad money or dainty hankie. Overall condition is excellent. Measures 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 inch.
$90.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Metal, Silver, Volupte’
Status: Available  
Zell Fifth Avenue Petite loose powder compact 23) Inventory # A00616: Zell Fifth Avenue Petite loose powder compact
Petite Zell Fifth Avenue loose powder compact is engraved with a scrolling floral design on its raised lid. The concentric circles around the lid and bottom impart an Art Deco feel. The push button latch opens to a sparkling interior with original signed puff and sifter. The lid-mounted mirror has a beveled edge and shows slight signs of age. Dates c.1930. The exterior shows some lacquer wear on the edges and one scratch on the top monogram escutcheon. Measures 2 3/8 inches in diameter x 1/2 inch thick.
$55.00
Descriptors: 1930s, Compact/Cigarette Case, Compact/Cigarette Case, Gold, Metal, Zell Fifth Avenue
Status: Available  
Zell Round Towner Vanity Bag 24) Inventory # H00037: Zell Round Towner Vanity Bag
If you travel light and want a beautiful fitted vanity for evening, this Zell “Round Towner” may be the bag for you. Laura M. Mueller illustrates the same bag in a damask cover slightly different from this Gold & Black lozenge pattern brocade exterior on page 143 of “Compacts Volume II.” This pristine condition example has a gold metal mesh swagger handle. The push type latch is firm and open to a well designed fitted interior lined in black moiré with golf pockets for the square compact and lipstick tube with a tiny plastic comb behind. The lipstick contains vintage cosmetic that can be replaced or our own tube inserted. The lovely loose powder compact includes a marked Zell powder puff. The mirror inside shows it age, but is still usable. The other side of the interior has a retaining bar for cigarettes and a fragile paper coin purse, slightly damaged, that is attached to the bar with a chain. This great vintage vanity is in outstanding condition, clean inside and out. Measures 3 ¼ x 1 x 4” with a 4” handle.
$75.00
Descriptors: 1950s, Black/Gray, Compact/Cigarette Case, Fabric, Gold, Variety Handbags, Zell Fifth Avenue
Status: Available