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Jeweled Compact

rosetteJeweled K & K Compact with Original Case in Mint Condition Dated 1931 New Listing!

This is a very unique and rare compact made by Kotler & Kopit.  It is done in jet black enamel with rhinestone jewels in the center and on the matching tassel cap which sparkle like diamonds.  The compact fits inside a case specially designed to allow the jeweled band to show through while protecting the enamel finish.  It is such an elegant design!  The inside features a beveled mirror in the lid and a covered powder well in the base with original screen and its original puff bearing the insignia for Kotler & Kopit which is the K & K initials with a reclining nude silhouette. The compact bears the patent number for the year 1931.  Back of the compact case is gold.  The interior of the case is lined in red to accent the compact and there is a felt sleeve to protect that as well.  Jewels are all intact and entire case is in mint condition.  It is a truly beautiful piece and is extremely well made. The craftsmanship is extraordinary!  Compact measures approximately 2-1/4" square.

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$250 including s/h*

#1144

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Jeweled French Portrait Compact

rosetteJeweled French Bronze Portrait Compact

This is a stunning French bronze compact with a raised center medallion featuring a hand-painted portrait with foliate dress on a cobalt background.  The ornate bronze surround has prong-set sapphire and pearl jewels to accentuate the center portrait.  They are all intact and the portrait is in excellent condition as well. When you open the compact, the inside features a nicely beveled mirror in the lid with a ropetwist bezel ... some loss to the silver on the outermost edges only.  There is a darling purple ruched wool puff in the base and a removable powder pot which is probably a later insert.   Bottom of the compact is marked "Made in France."  It is a truly beautiful piece!  Measures 1-7/8" diameter x 3/4" deep (counting center vignette height).

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$475 including s/h*

#1046

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Figural Scrimshaw Compact

rosette Gorgeous Scrimshaw Bronze Compact Featuring "Lover's Tryst" by Francois Boucher - Made in Austria

I have cherished this compact in my personal collection since 2003 and have always loved the tranquil romantic scene which is a variant of Francois Boucher's "Lover's Tryst" (also known as "The Four Seasons: Spring") done in 1755.  When I purchased it, I was told it was done on ivory but I cannot tell the difference between ivory and bone, so it could be one or the other.  Either way, the detail is exquisitely done and clearly shows both lovers with a sheep of to the side in a pastoral setting.  The scene covers the entire lid and is wrapped in beautifully detailed bronze prongs whch hold it tightly in place.  The sides of the case are richly embossed with Greek designs. Inside the case is a full size mirror with a tiny beveled edge.  The bottom half has a rotating powder sifter.  The lid is slightly domed and is quite heavy for its size as bronze will be.  It is marked "Made in Austria" on the bottom.  It is a truly exquisite piece measuring almost 2" diameter x 5/8" deep.

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$499 inc. s/h*

#11371

Figural Enamel Compact

rosette Beautiful Champlevé Peacock in Jewel Tones Compact - Made in Austria

This is a really lovely compact featuring a full-bodied peacock on the front done in beautiful jewel tones in enamel champlevé.  The background is done in gold tone metal with black champlevé and the back of the compact is the same only without the peacock.  The compact has a full mirror inside the lid which is in very good condition with only the most minute silver loss at the very edges.  Marked "Austria" in the base.  Included is a new maribou puff.  Condition is absolutely fantastic with no chips or damage to the enamel whatsoever.   It is a large compact measuring approximately 3-1/4" diameter.

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$295 inc. s/h*

#17769

Figural Enamel Compact

rosette Boucher's "Bird Cage" Painting in Enamel on Sterling Silver Compact Powder Box

Usually found on Italian sterling compacts, this lovely rendition of Francois Boucher's Bird Cage painting, originally done in 1763, has been beautifully replicated on this sterling silver compact box.  The painting covers the entire lid and is very detailed ... even has a sheep alongside. The sides are engraved with incised designs.  The piece is hallmarked 925 for sterling and another maker's mark that I cannot determine on both the lid and the base.   The lid has a metallic mirror inside and I have included a newly made lambswool puff.  It is in excellent condition.  Compact measures almost 1-3/4" wide x 1-1/4" x almost 3/4" deep. 

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$375 inc. s/h*

#18108

Scenic Enamel Compact

rosette Scenic Castle & Boats Sterling Silver Enameled Cloisonné Compact with Wrist Chain

This compact is a very rare design done in jet black enamel in cloisonné on the lid.  The colors are very vibrant from the bright red tiles on the castle roof to the blue on the sails of the boats.  There is even a green tree on the side ... so pretty!  The case is enameled on the sides as well and the bottom is engine turned.  Inside the case is a mirror in the lid and a rotating powder sifter in the base done in gold wash.  The only hallmark is the word Sterling on the rim.  As for condition, the enameling on the lid has some scratches that are not through the enameling and can only be seen when held to light at an angle.  On one of the side edges you can feel a "line" where I think the enamel may have a crack in it but it looks fine.  I have taken a close-up of all the sides for you to see.  It is a really gorgeous compact and solid blacks like this with cloisonné designs are extremely rare and hard to find.  Compact measures 1-7/8" square x 1/2" deep. 

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$475 inc. s/h*

#17951

Russian Sterling Figural Compact

rosette Russian Sterling Silver Figural Enameled Compact Depicting Painting by Viktor Vasnetsov "Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf"

This very unusual sterling silver compact is done with a hand-painted enamel  front depicting a Russian fairy tale "Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf".  The particular scene is a copy of a painting done by Viktor Vasnetsov in 1887. The compact was made in Russia in St. Petersburg between 1927 - 1954 according to the assay marks.  The maker's mark is a bit uncertain as it could be Michael Jakovlevich Tarasov which would date it to the early 1927 year (documentation about this comes from Marks4Antiques and will be inclued with the piece).   It is all done on sterling silver with chased border.  The interior features a full round mirror in the lid and powder well in base.  Swansdown puff is included.  Overall in good condition with some scratches visible on the enameled surface when held to light.  Overall it is in very good shape. Measures 2-3/4" diameter.  

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$325 including s/h*

#12863

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Stratton Compact

rosette Stratton Convertible Compact Featuring Fragonard's Painting "The Sermon of Love" in Original Box

This lovely Stratton compact made in England has a full scene on the front of Fragonard's painting from the 18th century entitled "The Sermon of Love".  It depicts a romantic couple with cherubs frolicking around a waterfall.  It is one of my favorite paintings by him and I particularly love the way this is done on the entire surface.  The compact comes in its original box and has a black felt sleeve for protection.  Inside the compact is a full mirror in the lid with a frosted beveled edge. The original powder screen is still there and there is loose powder still inside.  There is no puff.  This is a larger size compact measuring 3-1/2" diameter.

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$195 including s/h*

#10594

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Kigu Figural Compact

rosette Gorgeous Kigu Convertible Figural Compact with Peacocks Made in England - Unused!

Here is a very pretty Kigu compact with two full-bodied peacocks gracing the front.  The scene is just so peaceful and pretty.  I also love the scalloped edge on this.  The compact has never ben used and retains the original puff inside (some foam loss due to age), powder screen and the original paper insert.  There is a full mirror in the lid and the back is done in gorgeous concentric rings ... very pretty.  This compact would be mint condition with one exception ... on the front at the very top left edge is a tiny flake in the cream enamel and the white backing shows through.  It blends in so well that you almost have to be told it is there to notice it.  That is the only reason this compact is priced so low.  It's a beauty! Measures 3-1/4" diameter.

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$99 including s/h*

#9502

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Stratton Compact

rosette Stratton Compact with Flower Bouquet and Original Box - Never Used! MIB

This lovely Stratton compact made in England has a beautiful "painting" on the front of a bouquet of wildflowers in pastel colors which are so pretty.  This is a later model compact as the box has a FAX number on the outside. The design on the back of this one dates it to the early 1990's.  Even so it is a beautiful compact in white enamel on the front with a scalloped design.  The compact is in its original box with original black velvety pouch.  The original puff and screen are intact inside and never used.  Measures 3" diameter.  (Note:  any Stratton compact 20+ years old is considered vintage)

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$195 including s/h*

#10670

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Stratton Compact

rosette Stratton Queen Compact with Persian Pheasant Unused in Original Box - MIB

This lovely Stratton compact made in England features a beautiful pheasant perched on a branch with flowering trees surrounding him.  It is done on a stunning black background for dramatic effect and has the typical scalloped edge.  The compact comes in its original box with black protective sleeve.  It is a Queen compact which denotes a larger size, measuring 3-1/2" diameter.  Inside the compact is a full mirror in the lid with frosted "beveled" edge.  It also has the original puff, screen, and paper instructions.  It is in mint condition with only normal aging visible as it has never been used.  See photos. The pattern on the back would date this one from the 80's.  (Note:  any Stratton compact 20+ years old is considered vintage)

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$165 including s/h*

#7661

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Stratton Compact

rosette Stratton Compact Featuring Fragonard's Painting "The Sermon of Love"

This lovely Stratton compact made in England has a full scene on the front of Fragonard's painting from the 18th century entitled "The Sermon of Love".  It depicts a romantic couple with cherubs frolicking around a waterfall.  It is one of my favorite paintings by him and I particularly love the way this is done on the entire surface.  Inside the compact is an unused puff and powder screen.  The mirror has a frosted beveled edge.  It is in excellent unused condition and measures 3" diameter.

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$195 including s/h*

#10987

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Scottie Compact

rosette Cute Figural Scottie Dog Compact (or Westie?)

This is an adorable little compact featuring a raised white Scottie dog head (or Westie) on the front.  It gives the appearance of being carved as the grooves are quite pronounced and he is wearing a red collar (some loss to the color ... easily replaced if you wish, I preferred to leave it as found).  There is a mirror in the lid and two covered pots in the base, one for rouge and one for powder.  There is loose powder still inside as well as rouge and an original little rouge puff.  The back of the compact is plain black enamel as is the front around the doggie.  Enameling is in very good condition ... there is a tiny dent in the bottom that you can see when held to light but the enameling was not affected by this.   Measures 2-3/4" x 2-3/8 x 3/8" thick.

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$125 including s/h*

#8176

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Niello Compact

rosette Fabulous Niello Silver Compact with Openwork Top and Three Scenes

Rarely do you find compacts of this caliber ... it is a Niello silver (see Wiki for description of this technique) with an openwork scenic top featuring a beach scene with palm tree, sailboat, camel and rider.  When this is opened, there is a secondary lid beneath it, this time with a view of two sailing ships.  When you open this lid, there is a mirror and an open well for powder.  The back of the compact also bears a scene of an island and a figure rowing a boat to shore with what appears to be a guardian angel on board.  Very unique!  This compact was most likely a gift sent home from a soldier during the early Iranian conflicts in the Abadan region as the piece is inscribed "Best Regards From Tom, Abadan, Iran".  And the name "Gwen" is engraved on the front.  I really have no idea of the date of this piece as there were conflicts in and around Abadan over the course of 70 years, so your guess is as good as mine but I am thinking around the 50's - 70's.  If anyone else is more knowledgeable, feel free to correct me.  This is a bit out of my wheelhouse :-).  Condition is excellent ... it is a truly beautiful piece which has been in my collection since 2003.  It is a large piece measuring 2-3/4" diameter and 1/2" thick.

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$399 including s/h*

#11166

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Volupte Compact

rosette Rare Forest Scene with Cloisonné Enameled Animals on Both Sides by Volupté

This wonderful compact by Volupté is exceedingly rare ... they make several variations of this style of compact mostly found with elephants and jungle scenes.  This one features a forest scene with a stag and his doe beneath a weeping willow which is chock full of colorful exotic birds.  Both the front and back are identically done in this beautiul cloissoné design.  The four sides of the compact are also done in cloisonné flowers.  The interior opens to reveal an original puff and covered powder well in the base and a full size mirror in the lid.  The compact has been gently used and shows very minor wear ... pictures are super detailed and show any wear much worse than the eye will detect it, so rest assured the compact looks super in person.  Measures 2-3/8" square.

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$195 including s/h*

#8943

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Evans Art Deco Compact

rosette Art Deco Compact with Rigid Swivel Handle by Evans

This Evans compact boasts a strong Art Deco influence with its stepped geometric designs in bold colors of green, brown and beige enameling.  The rigid ring handle is on a swivel and can be worn on your finger.  The back of the case is engine turned in stripes of varying widths with polished stripes in between.  There are enameled flowers on both sides around the clasp for added decoration.  Inside the compact there is a mirror and rouge pot (with rouge still intact) on one side and a covered powder well with rotating lid and original (used) puff on the other side.  Condition is very good with only a few minor areas on paint loss on the front, the most noticeable being in the upper right brown section.  Otherwise it is great!   Measures 2-1/2" wide x 2-1/8" high not counting clasp or handle (which would add another 1-1/4".

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$175 including s/h*

#15767

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Norida Powder Box

rosette Norida Fleur Sauvage (Wildflower) Poudre Unused Powder Box

These old paper powder boxes are so neat to add to a collection of more expensive compacts ... the graphics on them are just so very cool and due to the fragility of the items, much more difficult to find in this condition.  Made by Norida, this all-original powder box contains loose powder still sealed inside.  Other than some typical aging to the box (discoloration mainly on the side), it is in excellent condition throughout.  Especially the graphics on the lid which are pretty near perfect.  Measures 2-1/2" diameter x 3/4" high.

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$65 including s/h*

#13039

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Armand Powder Tin

rosette Armand Bouquet Purse Size Complexion Powder Tin with Silhouette Lid

I just love this little tin powder box with the silhouette of an elegant lady on the lid.  This purse-size box of complexion powder was a complimentary item probably included when a full-size powder was purchased.  The price of this box alone would have sold for 50 cents in the 40's when this was made (be sure to see pics for the full description of this on the bottom).  There is only very minor wear to the litho on the tin which the photos make look much worse than in person.  To the naked eye it appears to be in excellent shape.  The contents are no longer inside so it is just the tin being sold.  Great collectible!  Measures 1-5/8" diameter x 3/8" high.

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$55 including s/h*

#8487A

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Houbigant Rouge BOx

rosette Houbigant Translucid Rouge Box with Original Contents & Puff

This is an adorable little rouge box by Houbigant with their signature beribboned flower basket on the lid.  Made of paper covered cardboard, these fragile boxes are all but gone nowadays and very hard to find in this condition.  While the box shows some minor age-appropriate wear, the interior still contains almost all of the rouge and the original puff with the H visible on it.  On the botom it reads" Translucid Rouge Deep Red Ruby Houbigant New York".  Measures 1-5/8" diameter x 1/2" high.

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$65 including s/h*

#8487H

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Enamel Compact

rosette Deco Styled Enamel Compact with Damscened Back

This lovely compact reminds me of those made by Fisher but it is unmarked so I have no idea who made it.  The top is done in cloisonné style enamel (not guilloche) in lovely colors of cobalt, robins egg blue, pale green, dark green, yellow, white and red.  It is just so pretty!  The outer rim is done in deeply engraved x's and diamonds which repeats on the back edge.  The back center portion is all richly damascened in a beautiful design.  Inside the compact is a crescent mirror in the lid with an area for a rouge pat.  The bottom has a removable tap-sift powder dispenser.  All in all it is in excellent condition ... to the naked eye it is perfect ... with a loupe upon very close inspection you may see some crazing lines or a miniscule -- and I mean miniscule -- tiny flake but that is all.  It's as close to perfect as you will get.  Measures 2-1/8" diameter.

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$325 including s/h*

#10489

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Volupte Figural Compact

rosette Volupte' Figural Lady Compact in Original Box - MINT Unused Condition with Orignal Puff and Paperwork

I don't often buy compacts from this era (1940's) but this one was just so delightful that I couldn't pass it up. It has a fully enameled front depicting a lovely lady in Sunday best with wide brim hat with a feather flourish.  It is still in its original box marked Volupte' on the lid. The compact itself is in mint unused condition. When you open it, there is a mirror in the lid. The base has the original gold puff and paper liner protecting the powder beneath. Please see close-ups for both sides of this paper. The only apology is some foxing around the top of the mirror ... this is strictly age appropriate and not from use. Back of the case is done in green enamel with some very minor scuffing simply from being in the box. It is a fabulous compact! Measures almost 2-1/8" long x 1-5/8" wide.

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$365 including s/h*

#12489

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Divine Deco Lady Compact

rosette Divine Compact with Deco Dancing Nymph

Divine truly does make some "divine" compacts! Here we have a delightful dancing deco nymph wih feathery fronds behind her. She is done in a heavy application of enameling which gives a raised feel to it. Back of case is gold tone with paper label remnant that can be partially read "sh" at the end which may have been flesh tone. Interior features a mirror in the lid and partially used powder pat in the base. Very good condition with only very minor wear on the front bottom .. pictures are true to condition so please look at them closely. Measures 1-1/4" wide x 1-3/4" long.

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$199 including s/h*

#13379

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Marathon Compact/Cigarette Case/Lighter Combo

rosetteStunning Evans Compact/Cigarette Case/Lighter Combo w/ Basse-Taille Enameled Front in Famous Blue Boy Painting

I have had this beautiful combo lighter/compact in my collection for some time now.  I just love the rich blue enameled Blue Boy design on the front.  It was made by Evans and is a Trig-A-Lite combination cigarette case/ lighter/ compact.  The compact opens to reveal a covered powder well in the bottom portion and a metallic mirror in the lid which opens to a brand new unused rouge pat marked Mayfair by Evans. Conditon is very good with the exception of two tiny rub marks on the bottom front corners (visible in pics).  The enameling is all perfect as are all the other components of this lovely item.  I do not know if the lighter works as I do not smoke and do not test these.  I buy them for the compact appeal.   Measures 2-1/2" x 4-3/8" overall.  Compact portion is 1-7/8" diameter. Be sure to look at all the photos of this wonderful piece!

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$350 including s/h*

#14317

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Sterling Silver Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Silhouette Double Compact by JEB Co. with Deco Nymphs

Here is a lovely Art Deco influence sterling silver double compact made by James E. Blake Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who were in business from 1889 - 1936.  There is a silhouette of two deco nymphs on the front of the case suspended from a chain.  The compact itself opens from both front and back.  Each half has a mirror in the outer portion and the center section is designed to hold a rouge pot on one side and a powder pat on the other.  There are a few dents in the case as are visible in pics.  There is also a scratch across the nymphs which has been blacked in but is visible when held to light (not when just looking at it straight on).  In fact it is only noticeable upon close inspection.  Compact portion measures almost 2" diameter x almost 3/4" deep.  There is a tiny ring on the bottom which would have held a tassel at one time but is no longer there.

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$125 including s/h*

#8956

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Sterling Silver Compact

rosette Silver Silhouette Compact with Engraved Design

This is a very pretty silver compact that is not marked sterling but it has a pretty significant silver content as it tarnishes as sterling.  It is engraved on both the front and back with a pretty flowering vine pattern which is very Victorian in design.  The inside is open for loose powder and has a mirror in the lid.  But the best part is the sweet little original puff inside with ruching and French ivory top which holds a little ribbon pull.  So cute!  Excellent condition throughout.  Measures 2-1/2" diameter.

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$275 including s/h*

#12104

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Figural Patch Box

rosette Tiny Enameled Figural Patch Box or Compact

This very tiny (only 1-1/4" diameter) patch box features a courting couple done in hand-painted enameling on the lid. The case is covered in black enamel that is chipping significantly on both the sides and the bottom (could be completely removed down to the brass base if this is bothersome ... personally I like the character it gives). The design on the lid is not completely flat ... it has a slight domed shape and there is some relief as the lady's knees are raised up a bit for depth. Interior is basically empty ... no mirror and no puff which leads me to believe this was a patch box.

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$85 including s/h*

#8940

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Divine Compact

rosette Divine Compact with Cameo Type Silhouette

Here we have a sweet little Divine compact featuring a silhouette of a lovely coiffed lady done in pale peach against a black background, sort of like a cameo effect. This is bordered in offset white trim. Interior is typical with mirror in lid in great shape and original powder pat in base as well as original puff. Enameling is in excellent condition with no chips. Just a great piece! Measures 1" wide x 1-1/4"high.

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$95 including s/h*

#12801

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Cameo Front Compact

rosette Compact with Cameo Type Front & Finger Ring

This is a very rare and unusual compact feautring a lovely lady on the front done in cameo effect with birds and flowers. It is done in some type of early celluloid or plastic ... the figure is raised for a 3-dimensional effect in white on a black background. Case is richly embossed with flowers and leaves and has engine-turned designs between this and on the back. Matching chain ends in finger ring for easy carrying. Inside of compact features a holder for powder pat on one side; the other has a mirror which opens on a clasp to reveal e rouge compartment beneath (tray still inside). Excellent condition throughout. Measures 2-1/8" diameter.

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$175 including s/h*

#12964

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Scenic Pill Box

rosette Scenic Pill Box with Enameled Scene of Firenze, Italy

This is a wonderful little pill or patch box in antique brass with a hand-painted enameled scene on the lid depicting Florence (Firenze), Italy. Sides of the box are ornately embossed with leaves, urns and scrolls (I will try to get a photo of this soon). Lid is hinged on and snaps shut tightly ... has a little tab to lift it open. Excellent condition overall with great patina. Measures 1-1/4" diameter x 5/8" deep.

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$85 including s/h*

#12328

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Hattie Carnegie Jeweled Figural Compact

rosette Hattie Carnegie Jeweled Figural Compact with Original Box
~ Mint Unused Condition! ~

This wonderful gold tone compact by 20th century designer Hattie Carnegie features a vignette of Armand Joan, Card. VX de Richeliev, a famous(?) French cardinal and statesman (at least that's the story that I was told when I purchased this some time ago). Surrounding the vignette is a circle of faux diamonds ... I tried to count them and I think there are 40 ... difficult to see them and count with my old eyes! In any case, I did ascertain that they are all there and none are missing. The gold case made it very difficult to scan with good color ... the lid design is grooved ridges that run left to right ... back is done in a very fine similar pattern but the grooves are not as defined. Interior has a covered powder well with the signature of Hattie Carnegie across the cover; beneath this is the original lovely peach swansdown powder puff and the original powder screen. A perfect mirror is in the lid. The compact has been kept in its original signed Hattie Carnegie box since it was purchased ... it has never been used and is in mint condition! Measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 3/8" thick.

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$225 including s/h*

#7361

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Elgin Marcasite Jeweled Compact

rosetteElgin Marcasite Jeweled Compact

Purchased from a private collection, this adorable little compact is made by Elgin and done in a cream enamel on the front and back.  There is a flower shaped cartouche in the center of the lid with little marcasite jewels.  The sie of the compact is completely encrusted with marcasites all the way around.  Interior features a metallic mirror in the top with rouge pot and puff beneath.  Base holds a powder screen and puff.  Overall in excellent condition ... no damage whatsoever to the enameling on top or bottom.  There may be a marcasite mising here and there, but they are so tiny, my eyes would need a loupe to see them.   Very cute!  Measures 1-7/8" diameter.

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$85 including s/h*

#11378

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Evans Jeweled Compact

rosetteFun Evans Enameled Compact with Jeweled Bugs!

Purchased from a private collection, this is a really interesting and fun compact.  Although it is unmarked, the original owner claimed it to be made by Evans.  Case of compact is gold and the lid is done in a grey/blue pebbled look enamel with three large jeweled bugs!  How fun!  Each bug has raised white enamel eyes and gold stripes on the jeweled backs.  Interior features a perfect mirror in the lid and covered powder well in base with original puff.  The interior has a pebbled effect in the gold metal.  In excellent condition with only a very few minuscule enamel misses on the lid barely visible.  Very cute!  Measures 2-1/2" square.

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$125 including s/h*

#11095

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Jeweled Compact from Germany

rosetteRARE Jeweled Green Enameled Double Compact from Germany

Purchased from a private collection, this is a very rare compact made in Germany.  What is unusual about it is the way it is made ... the lid opens to reveal another green enameled compact!  The lid features a mottled green enamel with a diamond design in the center with marcasites.  The other frame is black enamel.  Back of case is same mottled green enamel.  Now when you open the lid, the base has a perforated powder screen with a tiny ring to lift it from the bottom.  The lid has another green enameled lid which opens to reveal a framed-in mirror  (has a few tiny spots but still very clear) and an open well for rouge pot inside.  Overall in very good condition ... there is only one small chip on the back edge.  Compact is convex shaped on top and bottom.  This is a really great piece!  Measures 2-1/2" diameter.

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$95 including s/h*

#11057

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Evans 3-Pc. Gift Set

rosetteEvans 3-Pc. Gift Set Including Enamel Guilloche Compact, Lighter, & Cigarette Case
in Original Evans Velvet Box

Here is an unusual gift set from Evans featuring three enamel guilloche items.  First, a compact with original Evans signed puff inside.  Secondly, a large cigarette case in matching rose enamel.  Lastly, a tiny enameled rose guilloche lighter (guilloche design shows up best on this picture).  The box is flocked in velvet on the lid and has an embossed emblem with the Evans name.  It would be mint condition if it weren't for a tiny chip of enamel missing on one corner of the cigarette case.  I don't believe this was ever used ... the chip probably occurred in storage.   The cigarette case measures approximately 4-1/2" wide x 3-1/4"; the compact is 2-1/2" square; and the lighter is 2" high x 1-1/2" wide.

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$250 Set including s/h*

#7356

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Red Double Heart Compact

rosetteRed Double Heart Compact by Hingeco - Never Used!

This is a very attractive and stunning cherry red heart shaped compact with a gold heart raised up on the upper left corner.  Diagonal black enameled stripes set off the lower right portion.  Although outside of compact does show some age wear (one tiny dent in center of front barely visible), the compact has never been used.  Interior has mirror in lid and original powder screen and puff in base in mint condition.  Marked "Hingeco" and "Made in USA" on back.   Measures 2-5/8" overall.  

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$95 including s/h*

#9291

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Sterling Figural Compact

rosetteSterling Compact  with Hand-Painted Coaching Scene

Here is a fabulous piece with a most enchanting scene painted on a guilloche enamel top.  It is all sterling silver (marked on back and on interior) and is in fantastic condition.  The enamel painting is perfect with no chips and no scratches other than the most superficial from normal wear.  The interior features a powder sifter in the bottom and a metallic mirror in the lid which opens to reveal a rouge pot.  There are even traces of rouge still inside!  Lovely engine turned designs on the silver complete the beauty of this fine piece.  Measures approximately 2" diameter.

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$399 including s/h*

#7920

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Jeweled French Portrait Compact

rosetteJeweled French Portrait Compact

Here we have one of my personal favorites and one I may very well decide to keep.  This fabulous little piece features a hand-painted portrait on a raised center enameled medallion and is surrounded by pearls and turquoise jewels.  The top is delicately filigreed in intricate designs through which can be seen a teal-colored background.  But my favorite part is the interior ... a beveled framed-in mirror can be found in the lid and the most darling little pink shirred lambswool puff still nestles in the base.  Bottom of the compact is marked "Made in France."  It is in excellent condition! Measures 1-7/8" long x 1-1/2" wide x 5/8" deep.

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$450 including s/h*

#8094

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Evans Petitpoint Mesh Vanity Case

rosetteEvans Petitpoint Mesh Vanity Case in NEAR MINT Condition!

This is the first and only one of this kind I have ever owned ... and it is in near mint condition.  The petitpoint stitches are extremely tiny and are done in soft colors of pinks, blues, and greens with some gold on a mauve background.  The top is bordered in embossed designs with black enameled accents.   I love the way these open up in four different directions ... first for the purse, then for the mirror, then the powder, and finally the mirror swings open for the rouge.   This one has the original rouge puff and the rouge still has the Evans motif embossed in it. I don't believe it's ever been used .. the puff is only stained from being stored on top of the rouge.  There are a few chips to the enamel covering the powder section; again, I think this has occurred simply from age rather than use as there is no sign of it ever being used.  There is also a tiny white puff in the powder compartment.  Bottom portion is lined in pale green satin and outside is finished in bright gold mesh.  Compact top measures approximately 2-1/2" diameter; purse when lying flat measures 4" diameter.  This one is a real beauty!

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$199 including s/h*

#7501

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Scottie Compact

rosetteScottie Compact in Unusual Shaped Case

Scottie collectibles are so hot and compacts with scotties are even harder to find than the usual collectibles.  This one came from an estate where it had been much loved as evidenced by the wear to the compact case and interior.  I believe it was nickel over copper and the copper is showing through which give it a beautiful warm glow.  The interior has oxidation to the edges and a bit of rust in the powder compartment under the powder lid.  Original puff is still inside with a rust spot on it from the metal.  Even with these problems, the compact is a darling collectible and displays beautifully.  Has a suitcase hasp type closure.  Back is engine turned with a small area for a monogram that is still empty.  Measures approximately 1-1/2" wide x 2" high.

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$99 including s/h*

#8429

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Stratton Figural Compact

rosetteStratton Figural Compact with Romantic Couple

Here we have another rare and pretty Stratton figural compact with another romantic couple on the front.  This young pair appears to be relaxing in a formal garden of some sort with beautiful architecture ... even a fountain (note the head on the far right side with water pouring from the mouth in the wall).  This compact has been used and still has the original powder pat inside.  Surface shows some very minor superficial scuffing visible upon close inspection and when held to light.  Scuffs do not go through the scene.  Measures 3" diameter.

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$135 including s/h*

#11014

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Marathon Compact/Cigarette Case/Lighter Combo

rosetteStriking Black Marathon Compact/Cigarette Case/Lighter Combo w/ Enamel Guilloche Front with Nosegay of Flowers

This outstanding combination compact/cigarette case/lighter was made by Marathon in the late 20's or early 30's.  Features a compact on the front with green enamel guilloche background and hand-painted flowers.  Very pretty!  Inside is done in gold wash with clips to hold cigarettes.  Interior of compact portion features a mirror in the lid and original Marathon signature powder puff and screen in excellent condition.  All enameling is in great shape with no visible chips and only very, very minor baby fine scuffs appropriate for age.  All in all a 9 out of 10!  As these compact combos go, black is a very rare color to find.; cream and green are much more common.   Measures 2-1/2" x 4-1/4" overall. 

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$125 including s/h*

#9103

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Elgin American Compact and Lighter Set

rosetteElgin American New-Old-Stock - 2-Pc. Compact & Lighter Set Brand New in Store Display Box

Try as I might, I could not even come close to capturing the color of this wonderful Elgin American gift set.  This was new-old-stock (meaning it's never been used) ... the set includes original store display boxes and sleeves for the pieces.  Each piece is embossed with three deco gazelles in shades of gold on a brushed silver background.  Both items are MINT condition!  Compact approximately 3" x 2-1/4" and has original paper advertisement inside.  Matching lighter is 1-1/4" x 2-1/8".  Be sure to look at all the pictures of this superb set!  

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$135 Set including s/h*

#7334

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Marathon Compact/Lighter/Rouge/Cigarette Case Combo

rosetteRARE Color & Style Marathon Enamel Guilloche Compact/Rouge/Lighter/Cig Case Combination dated 1934

WOW!  This spectacular Marathon combination compact/rouge/lighter/cig case is one of the only ones of its kind I have seen.  Rare style and color make it a real treasure!  Case is done in solid satin green enamel while the compact is a beautiful pale green enamel guilloche with hand-painted roses.  The lid lifts to reveal not only a covered powder well but a bright metallic mirror that pops up to expose a rouge pot (with rouge still inside!).  Interior of case is done in engine turned designs on silver base metal.  There is an inscription etched into the back of the compact that reads "Happy Birthday Evelin Gadwallader from J.W.S  1934."  Enamel is all in very good condition with no chips or flakes, only superficial scuffing from normal wear.  Case does have a few very minor dents visible upon close inspection, but really not a factor in such a rare piece.  Measures 2-1/2" wide x 4" high.

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$199 including s/h*

#8595

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Courting Couple Enameled Compact

rosettePretty Turquoise Basse-Taille Enameled Compact with Courting Couple - Rare Design!

This beautiful compact features a basse-taille (see glossary) enameled design depicting a young gent strumming a tune to his lady love.  The color shadings are so much prettier in person than in the scan and is a very rich turquoise blue.  Interior features a beveled round mirror in the lid and a deep powder well inside a mesh base with fitted powder screen and puff.  No name on the compact ... the puff has the slight remnant of a name but I can't make it out.  Mesh is all in great shape ... glass coating on the basse-taille finish has some scratches at the highest point which is normal from wear.  It does not show nor does it detract from the beauty of the piece.  There is also some tiny foxing around the bottom edges of the enamel where it meets the frame ... again, a very minor sign of its age.    Measures 2-1/2" diameter x 1/2" deep.

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$299 including s/h*

#8761

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Russian Sterling Silver Compact

rosetteRussian Tsar Peter the Great Statue Embossed in Sterling Silver Dated 1782

Thanks to a kind person, I was able to learn that the statue depicted on this compact is located in St. Petersburg in Russia. It is a statue of Tsar Peter the Great who founded the city and tried to modernize Russia in the 18th Century. The statue was erected by Catherine the Great. The front of the compact features a richly embossed horse and rider with the words "Petro Primo/Catharina Cecundo" and the date MDCCLXXXII which is 1782.  There are silver hallmarks on the back.  Case measures 2-1/2" diameter and is in excellent condition.  There is a powder screen and a swans down puff inside.

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$299 including s/h*

#8470

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$ and G 14K White gold Vanity Compact

rosetteR & G Company 14K White Gold Vanity Compact w/ Enameled Cartouche in Center

Here we have a stunning little compact done in acid etched designs on a solid 14K white gold front case.  In the center of the lid is a raised cartouche with enamel guilloche white background and hand-painted rose.   Edge of case is deeply embossed and back has deeply etched designs as well.  Interior is just as stunning as the outside ... there is a framed-in mirror on one side and the tiniest little rouge pot on the other with a rotating powder sifter around it (no rouge).  It comes with the orginal finger ring chain as well. Marked R & G and Belais 14K White Gold Front.  Very Victorian looking.   Measures a mere 1-7/8" diameter.

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$265 including s/h*

#9146

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Stratton Steamship Compact

rosette Stratton Steamship Collectible Compact "RMS Queen Elizabeth" - Titanic Era!

This is a double collectible compact featuring the Queen Elizabeth steamship crossing the Atlantic.  Her double smoke stacks are clearly visible.  Made by Stratton, this is one of their earlier designs.  The compact was obviously much loved by its former owner as it does show wear.  There are a few very minute chips on the front that really aren't noticeable unless you really look for them.  The back of the compact is gold tone with concentric rings.  Inside features a mirror in the lid in perfect condition and covered powder well in base (some scuffing on cover).  All in all, a very desirable collectible for both steamship and compact collectors.  Measures almost 3" diameter. 

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$125 including s/h*

#8836

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Volupte Figural Woods Compact

rosette RARE Volupte' Figural Woods Scene Compact in MINT Condition

Here we have a highly unusual Volupte' compact with a figural woods scene on the front and back.  Beautiful trees and flowers abound with a parrot in the tree and a rabbit and deer can be seen on the lower left side.  There are even acorns in the trees!  Interior features a full size mirror in the lid and covered powder well in the base with "Volupte" inscribed in the cover.  Under this is the original puff with Volupte' name and the words "Leak Proof" are engraved in the bottom.  It is in mint unused condition and is a real treasure to find.   Brass case has a soft patina which makes it a bit darker ... I prefer to leave it this way but someone who wants it bright gold could polish it.  Measures approximately 3" square. 

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$65 including s/h*

#7508

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Illinois Combo Watch/Compact

rosette Stunning Combo Watch/Compact in Enameled Case by Illinois Watch Co.

Here is a fabulous piece of jewelry as well as a functional compact for milady fair.  Made by Illinois Watch Co. -- known for their fine quality watches -- this MINT condition piece features a working watch in the ivory-enameled lid.  Shaped like a clamshell, the interior is all goldtone with a half-circle mirror in the lid.  Base has covered rouge pot, covered powder well, and the clock compartment.  Retains original unused puff and protective felt sleeve with the Illinois Watch Case Co. name on it.  This is just an extraordinary piece!  Back is finished in ivory enamel as well.  Measures approximately 3-1/4" wide x 3-1/2" high. 

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$325 including s/h*

#7381

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Rex Fifth Avenue Scenic Compact

rosetteRex Fifth Avenue Compact with Enamel Guilloche Cottage Scene

This is a very unusual compact done by Rex Fifth Avenue. They usually did not do scenics; however, this one has a darling cottage scene that appears to be hand-painted in enamel guilloche on the front surrounded by a dark blue cover. The scenic portion is slightly domed like a pillow to give it a raised effect. The interior has a full mirror in lid and covered powder well in base. The original Rex Fifth Avenue puff is still inside in perfect conditionand powder well is still full of loose powder. Overall condition is remarkably good. Measures 2-5/8" wide x 2-1/2" high. 

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$65 including s/h*

#8471

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