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Evans Tango Compact and Atarmist

rosette FABULOUS RARE Art Deco Multi-Jeweled Tango Compact and Matching Atarmist Perfume Set by Evans in Original Presentation Box - with Instructions! New Listing!

This gorgeous set has been a prize in my personal collection for many years (since 2007) and has never been offered for sale before.  I hardly know where to begin to describe it ... so let's start with the original presentation box by Evans, lined in green silk with label inside lid, the original felt-lined sleeves to protect both pieces, and the original instructions for filling and operating the Atarmist perfume.  Now for the pieces:  Both pieces feature lovely art deco gazelles inlaid with marcasites and surrounded in black, green and ivory enamel.  The back of both pieces have a very pretty embossed design.  The tango compact has an attached lipstick case which is double-jeweled with marcasites on either end.  The lipstick inside is completely removable.  The compact has a tap powder well on one side and a covered rouge pot on the other.  Both have their original puffs and the rouge has the original Mayfair refill paper.  Now about the Atarmist:  this piece is in excellent condition as well with a wee bit of wear to the ivory enamel due to age.  The original paper instructions clearly show you how to fill and use this unique perfume.  All marcasites are present; however, on the Atarmist there are two sections (one at the end of the ivory enamel and one on the back leg of the gazelle) where there is a different bead design.  It appears to be original to the way it was made as there is no indication of any missing jewels there.  And since the compact doesn't have it in the ivory section, I assume it was made this way.  The compact measures 2" square with the lipstick case being 2-1/8" long.  The Atarmist is 1-3/8" x 1-7/8" high.

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Note: Also listed on Perfumes page and Modern/Vintage Objects

$975 inc. s/h*

#14444

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact with Matching EG Beaded Handle by Thomae

This beautiful tango compact was made by the Thomae Co. of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a company known for their exceptional workmanship.  Featuring a full enamel guilloche front and back and a matching enamel guilloche slide bead on the braided wristband.  The sides are done in a solid black band of enamel as well to match the wristband and the tassel.  The inside of the compact has a full mirror in the lid and an open powder well in the bottom.  The hallmarks for sterling and the Thomae Co. can be found on the inner rim.  As for condition, the blue enamel guilloche on the top is pretty good with only some superficial scuffs visible when held to light. The base, however, has more significant wear that is visible when held to light from laying on a surface while unprotected.  Nothing that goes through the clearcoat and no chips, just some scuffs that are visible from an angle.  The bead on the wristband is in excellent condition but the band itself has some frayed areas.  Obviously this was a piece well loved and used by its original owner as opposed to sitting on a shelf.  Oh the places this must have been!  The compact measures aprpoximately 2" diameter x 1/2" deep.  From top of handle to bottom of tassel it measures 10-1/2".

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$399 including s/h*

#17637

Fisher Tango rosette Rare Tango Compact "Fairy Pond Lilies" by J. M. Fisher Co. with Store Photos Included

Many years ago, I purchased several Fisher compacts which included a copy of a wonderful vintage photograph of the store where the compacts were purchased along with a copy of a letter from said store.  I have kept the copies of these with the compacts that I still have and will include them with purchase.  You can see the photos in the pictures. 

Now for the compact:  this one is called "Fairy Pond Lilies" and depicts a nude nestled among lilies in bright geometric designs.  The enameling is deep blue, green, red and black.   Inside the compact is a crescent mirror with rouge pot beneath (included) and original puff.  The other side has a and rotating powder sifter and a removable lipstick tube as well as the original puff for the powder.  There is no loss to the enamel whatsoever.  It's about as perfect as you are ever going to find!  I actually paid more for this back in 2004 than I am asking for it now, mainly because of the change in our economy.  So please don't ask if I can do better ... I truly can't.     Measures 2" wide x 2-3/8" high not counting clasp or chain/ring.

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$850 including s/h*

#12583

Fisher Tango rosette Rare Tango Compact Case "Ivy Vine Girls" by J. M. Fisher Co.

Here is another rare compact by J. M. Fisher ... this one was called "Ivy Vine Girls" and depicts two deco nudes reclining with their legs extended upward in mirror image poses.  They are surrounded by ivy vines set on geometric panels in gold, pink, and blue.  Above them are diamond shapes in gold, red, pink, white and black.  The condition of the enameling is pretty decent but does have scattered small losses (see the pictures for close-up).  The interior of this one, however, is completely empty and no longer has the powder or rouge or mirror.  It is just a case and is great for display.  Perhaps one could locate a very worn case with good interior and swap them out.  I never did ... just enjoyed it for what it is and the price will reflect that.   Measures 2-7/8" wide x 2-1/4" high not counting clasp or chain/ring.  

An interesting aside: this compact sold in 1930 for $5.25! My, how times have changed!

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$399 including s/h*

#12975

Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Tri-Corner Enamel Guilloche Tango with Hand-Painted Flowers

This tango compact is just so pretty ... I just love the designs in the metalwork surrounding the guilloche portions which are crosscut diamonds behind the pink roses.  The center section is snowy white while the outer portion is a beautiful robins egg blue.  The small cartouche in the center has a monogram which I think is KP or HP ... can't say for sure.  All of the intricate silverwork vines and leaves are intricately cut so that they sparkle and glisten.  The outer edge of the top is done in engraved flowers and leaves ... very pretty.  The back of the case is engine turned and has a lovely flower in the center and at each of the three corners around the perimeter.  The attached bar and link chain with finger ring is also richly embossed.  Inside the lid is a crescent shaped mirror with rouge pot beneath (mirror is cracked).  And the base has a tap sift powder dispenser.  Both of the original puffs are intact although used.  The enameling is all in excellent condition ... there is an area at the top left that has a slight discoloration barely visible but is there and needs to be pointed out.  I doubt you will ever notice it as the case is just so gorgeous your eye is not drawn to it at all. It will be shown clearly in the photos.  No maker's mark that I can find.  Measures 2-1/4" at the bottom corners x 2-1/4" high not counting clasp or chain.

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$299 including s/h*

#9372

Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Diamond Shaped Enamel Guilloche Tango with Hand-Painted Flowers

Here is a very pretty diamond-shaped tango compact in with an intricately done double enamel front meaning that the green portions are done on a guilloche background while the black portions are solid enamel. All of the silver scrolling vines are intricately cut so that they sparkle and glisten.  In fact, it appears to be made by the same company that made the one above although there was no manufacturer's mark on either one.  The base metal is silver but not sterling.  There are hand-painted flowers on the front on a mint green checkerboard enamel guilloche background.  The back of the case is beautifully engine turned and the attached bar and link chain with finger ring is also richly embossed.  Inside the compact is a crescent shaped mirror and rouge pot in the lid and a tap sift type powder dispenser in the base.  Enameling is all excellent with no chips whatsoever.  There are superficial scuffs barely visible when held to light and one more noticeable scratch at the very top edge in the first green section to the left of the center flower (visible in one photo) ... it is really not noticeable unless you know where to look for it.  Measures 2-3/8" across at the points.

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$299 including s/h*

#9250

Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Compact by Thomae with Hand-Painted Flowers and Matching Enamel Guilloche Chain and Finger Ring

This beautiful tango compact was made by the Thomae Co. of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a company known for their exceptional workmanship.  Featuring a full enamel guilloche front as well as a matching chain and finger ring, it also has hand-painted pink and blue flowers in a circle on the front.  The color is a lovely mint green shade with radiating guilloche design.  The inside of the compact does not have a mirror nor is there any indication that there ever was one.  The base has a rouge pot and crescent shaped powder well.  There is still rouge and original puff inside and a replacement puff on the powder side.  The  enameling on the compact is in excellent condition as well as the chain.  The little finger ring has an area of discoloration and what appears to be a fracture but feels smooth to the touch so not sure what it is.  The compact measures aprpoximately 2" diameter x 1/2" deep.  Chain handle is 2-1/2" long and the ring is 7/8" diameter. 

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$275 inc. s/h*

#17092

R and G Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette Unusual Shape Double Enamel Guilloche Tango by R & G Co.

This is such an unusually shaped tango by R & G Co. with it's art deco stepped edges ... and the enamel guilloche white center is bordered in a solid green enamel ... quite unusual to combine the guilloche with solid.  The hand-painted pink roses and blue forget-me-nots stand out on the snow white background.  The back side of the compact is done in the snow white enamel guilloche with a beautiful design in the guilloche.  The matching white enamel guilloche in contrasting design also features the hand-painted roses and still retains lipstick inside.  The chain and finger ring attaching it are both richly embossed.  Inside the compact are two original puffs (one used).  There is a rotating sifter for powder on one side.  On the other side is a covered rouge pot with puff beneath, mirror, and a refill paper with the information for R & G Co.  The only marks on the compact are Patent Pending ... I have seen this same design made by LaMode and R & G so this could be either but with the paper inside, I am assuming R & G Co.  Overall it is in excellent condition with no damage to the enamel whatsoever.  Compact measures 2-3/4" wide x 2-1/2" high and and lipstick is 2" long.

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$450 including s/h*

#11053

 

 

Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Scalloped Edge Double Enamel Guilloche Tango with Hand-Painted Flowers

Here is a very pretty little tango compact in a scalloped shape in double enamel guilloche, meaning both front and back are completely done in enamel guilloche.  The base metal is silver but not sterling.  There are hand-painted flowers on the front.  The compact is missing the mirror in the lid and the base is empty to hold a powder pat.  The chain and finger ring are both embossed and the chain is removable.  Enameling is all in excellent shape with only the most superficial scuffs only visible when held to light or with a loupe.  , so I don't believe it is.  I bought this in 2002 and I am pricing it at what I paid for it because of the missing mirror.  Measures 2-1/8" diameter at the points.

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$250 including s/h*

#10169

Gold Enameled Tango rosette Unusual Gold Tango Compact with Hand-Painted Flower Garland on Damascened Front

This unusual tango compact is done on a gold base metal as opposed to the more commonly seen silver ... and instead of enamel guilloche, it has a border of solid enamel with hand-painted flowers in a garland design.  The center of the lid is damascened in a very pretty pattern that resembles a snowflake.  The back of the compact has engine turned waves radiating from the center all the way around (there are two very teeny little dents in the back only noticeable when turning in the light ... they did not show up in photo at all).  Sides are smooth.  The interior of the compact has a crescent mirror and rouge pot holder on one side and a tap-sift style powder dispenser on the other.  The chain and finger ring are ornately embossed. The overall condition is excellent with the exception of one tiny chip on the right edge of the enameling ... it is priced accordingly.  Measures a bit over 2" diameter.

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$225 including s/h*

#11168

Blue Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

rosette Pretty Blue and Ivory Double Enamel Guilloche Tango with Hand-Painted Roses

Here is a very pretty unmarked tango compact done in full enamel guilloche on both front and back.  The front features a creamy ivory center with blue border in which four pink roses have been hand-painted.  The back is solid blue enamel guilloche in a radiating wavy design.  The interior of the compact features a beautifully engine-turned rotating powder sifter in the base; in the lid is a metallic mirror which opens to reveal a rouge pot (no rouge).  I have not been able to find a maker's mark although it could be beneath the sifter which I cannot remove.  The finger ring and chain link bars are all richly embossed.  Overall it is in excellent condition with no scratches or damage that I can see, only superficial scuffs visible when held to light or with a loupe.  It is a wonderful piece and larger than the average compact ... it measures 2-1/4" diameter.

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$499 including s/h*

#10909

Thomae Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Compact by Thomae Co. with Hand-Painted Orchid & Butterfly

As the other compact like this further down on the page, I have very mixed feelings about parting with this wonderful tango that I have had in my possession for many years now (since 2002 to be exact). I just love the hand-painted pink orchid on the front nestled in a bed of blue enamel guilloche flowers ... and there is a gold butterfly lighting on the orchid!  Beneath this is a background of white which is hard to capture in the photo but is quite evident in person.  The detail work in the metal on both front and back is beautiful to behold. And the little tassel on the bottom is just too sweet! The inside is just open for powder and there is no mirror.  The chain handle is topped with a finger ring which is stamped Sterling.  Hallmarks for Thomae and sterling can be found in the base of the powder well.  Condition is very good with only minor scuffs visible on enameling when held to light and one tiny little ding in the center of the back.  Measures 1-3/4" wide x 2-1/4" high not counting handle, top clasp, or tassel.

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$499 including s/h*

#10162

SOBigney Tango rosette Rare and Unusual Tango Compact by S. O. Bigney Co. with Enamel Guilloche Vignette.

One of my absolute favorite tango compacts ever!  This one has long been a part of my collection (since 1999) and it has taken nearly that long for me to track down the manufacturer.  I finally was able to trace the mark -- S.O.B. -- to that of Sidney O. Bigney Co.  (you may read more of this company history by clicking here).  I have never seen another case done in this style ... there is color actually embedded in the metal face in very pale pink and blue swirls, almost like confetti.  The enamel guilloche cartouche in the center has a hand-painted pink rose and I am almost 100% certain that it is done on sterling as it tarnishes and polishes with silver cloth.  The case is engine turned on the front in gold tone metal while the back is a shiny silver with incised stripes.  The side edges are richly embossed in a lovely pattern.  Inside the compact is a full mirror on one side and a rotating powder sifter on the other with a tab to hold a puff.  The chain and finger ring are also richly detailed and the entire piece is of a very high quality.  I cannot find a gold or silver hallmark but I have not tried to disassemble the interior to check for this. Measures1-3/4" wide x 2-3/4" high; the chain and finger ring are 4-1/2" long total from edge of case.

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$495 including s/h*

#7930

14Kt White Gold Tango rosette Belais 14 Kt White Gold Tango Compact by R & G Co.

Here is a very elegant tango compact made by R & G Co. with a 14 Kt White Gold front by Belais.  The Belais Manufacturing Co. was out of New York and was in business from 1876-1933.  They were very early manufacturers of white gold in the U.S.  The engraving on this case is spectacular and was so hard to photograph to its full effect.  The swirls and curlicues are done in a high-gloss finish while the background is an engine-turned satin finish.  I have tried to capture it in the pictures.  On the center front is a little raised enamel vignette with a hand-painted pink flower on black background.  The interior of the compact is divided into two portions ... the bottom half has a cover which swivels open to reveal a mirror on the back and a rouge pot inside.  The top half of the compact has a powder pat.  There are two gold puffs inside that match and the larger of the two says LaMode, so I am sure these are not original but are vintage and probably were bought somewhere along the line to replace worn ones.  Overall in very good condition ... could use a minor cleaning here and there but I will leave that to you.  The pictures make it look a lot worse than it is ... it is gorgeous in person!  Measures 2-1/2" diameter and the chain and finger ring are 4-1/4" long total.

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$275 including s/h*

#9004

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact with Matching EG Chain by Thomae

This beautiful tango compact was made by the Thomae Co. of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a company known for their exceptional workmanship.  Featuring a full enamel guilloche front and back as well as a matching chain and finger ring, it also has hand-painted roses and blue forget-me-nots in a circle on the front.  The sides have a solid cream color enamel trim.  The inside of the compact has a full mirror in the lid and an open powder well in the bottom.  The hallmarks for sterling and the Thomae Co. can be found on the inner rim.  As for condition, the blue enamel guilloche on both the front, back and finger ring are in good condition with no chips but a few scratches visible when held to light.  There is one teeny little fleabite on one of the chain links (see close-ups) and there is a small flake in the clearcoat on the cream colored edge (also in close-ups).  Other than that the compact is in great shape and perfect to either use or display.  The compact measures aprpoximately 2" diameter x almost 1/2" deep.  Chain handle is 2-1/2" long and the ring is 7/8" diameter.  This item has never been listed before but has been in my collection for 15 years.  The price in the pictures was based on what I paid for it but I am listing it much lower due to market difference.

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$325 including s/h*

#8974

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette RARE 14 Kt Gold Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact with Matching EG Chain by Carter, Gough & Co.*

Very rarely do you ever run across 14 kt. gold compacts ... and this one made by Carter, Gough & Co.* is exceptionally beautiful.  The case is all damascened in exquisite designs all the way around the sides.  The top and bottom of the case are done in a deep shade of blue -- not as dark as navy or cobalt but a rich blue true to the color shown.  Around these blue sections is a thin band of white for accent.  Both colors are picked up in the long links in the attached (removable) chain which has a finger ring at the top.  Inside the compact is a mirror in the lid which has darkened and spotted with age and an original ribboned puff in the base.  The inside of the case is also engine-turned in beautiful swirling designs.  As for condition, the back of the compact and the enameled links in the chain are all perfect.  The top side of the compact has a few issues that I need to point out.  The outer band of white enamel is missing some areas ... this band is so narrow that at a glance I did not even notice it.  In fact, it wasn't until I took the supersized close-ups for this listing that I even saw it.  So it is really pretty insignificant but if it is bothersome to you, you can always display it with the other side up as they are identical.  There are also two "dents" in the very edge of the top ... I believe these will show up in the pictures as well.  Again, they aren't that big of a deal and in a compact of this caliber, easily forgiven.  The hallmark for Carter, Gough & Co. and the 14 kt stamp are on the rim of the compact.  Measures approximately 1-1/2" diameter x 5/8" deep.  Chain handle & ring are almost 5" long.

*Carter, Gough & Co. was a prominent jewelry maker from 1841-1922.  They were known particularly for their fine quality jewelry and enamel guilloche.

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$899 including s/h*

#10370

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact by F & B

This is a very pretty little tango compact made by F & B in sterling silver with both sides covered in cornflower blue enamel guilloche.  There is also a white enameled ring in the center on the front side and around the outer edge on both front and back (see pics).  Inside is a round mirror in the lid and an open compartment in the bottom for powder ... included also is a little blue swansdown puff.  The finger ring is on the end of a lovely chain with small links and elongated decorative twisted links in between. The sides of the case have gorgeous damascened designs in the metal ... so pretty!  And there is the sweetest little bell tassel at the bottom.  There are a few apologies on this one which is keeping the price very reasonable ... there is a slight dent on the one side and on the back of the compact; at the top edge, there are two very minimal fleabites in the enamel (visible in the pictures).  Compact portion measures 1-1/2" diameter x almost 3/4" deep (slightly convex). 

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$275 including s/h*

#11103

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact with Matching Enamel Guilloche Chain by Thomae

Here is a beautiful sterling silver tango compact made by one of my favorite companies, Thomae. It is done in a lovely pale yellow enamel guilloche with hand-painted pink roses on both the compact and the matching lipstick. What makes this one even more unusual is that the roses are on BOTH sides of the compact and both sides of the lipstick case.  The sides are done in solid black for accent. The chains that connect the two pieces are also enamel guilloche in alternating black and creamy pale yellow. The interior has a mirror in the lid and a solid powder pat in the base with an almost unused original puff; there are traces of lipstick still inside the lipstick case. The enameling is absolutely perfect on both the compact and the guilloche portion of the lipstick.  The only apology -- and I did not see this until I was showing it to someone and caught it in the light -- is a tiny fleabite in the black portion of the lipstick end. At a glance you don't even see it (as I did not).  There is also a tiny ring at the bottom where a tassel could be attached if desired (the original silk ones generally were lost over time). Compact measures 2" diameter; lipstick is 2-1/8" long; and overall length when hanging is 5".

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$599 including s/h*

#17508

Rare Double Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Extremely Rare Double Tango Compact in Purple Enamel Guilloche

This rare double tango compact has been a prize in my collection for many, many years and I am ready to say good-bye to it. In all my years of collecting, I have never seen another like it. I have no idea of the manufacturer as there are no marks on it that I can find. It is done in plain purple enameling on the outer case of the compact and the matching lipstick but the two compact covers are a lighter purple enamel guilloche with a darker purple flower in the center of each and garlands with tiny yellow flowers. Each compact opens to reveal a mirror in the lids ... the left side has a puff (not original) with rotating powder sifter and the right side has an original puff with rouge pat beneath. The lipstick opens and has a thumbscrew at the base to push the lipstick up but I cannot get it to move and don't want to force it. The lids are both in excellent condition. There are some very teeny fleabites in the purple enameling on the lipstick and some edge wear (again, very faint) on the sides of the compact but not noticeable unless you are really looking closely. Overall I would rate it a 9+ out of 10 and considering its rarity, totally acceptable. Compacts measure a bit over 3" across x 1-5/8" high. Lipstick is 2" long x almost 1/2" diameter.

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$1,099 including s/h*

#10669

F. and B. Tango rosette Early Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango by F & B Co. with Tassel & ORIGINAL PAPER TAG!

Not often do we find tangos of this type by F and B ... done in turquoise enamel guilloche with a black tassel and braided handle with an ivory ring at the top. This could easily be attached to a chatelaine or sash making it an earlier piece, most likely late 1800's or early 1900's. Inside the case it has both original puffs AND the original paper tag which was attached with a silk string which had dry rotted away but the tag is still intact. There is a rouge pot in the lid with 2 original tissue covers. In the base is a flip-out mirror with an ivory sheet on the front side which could be used to write on. It has darkened with age and I have not tried (nor would I know how) to lighten it. Beneath this is a powder pat which is still there but beginning to crumble. As stated before, both original puffs are inside. At one time there was probably a pencil concealed in the tassel which is no longer there. I am not even 100% sure this is the original tassel but it was with it when I purchased it ... not exactly sure how I would tell but it certainly looks right to my eyes. The back of the case is engine turned in a lovely design. This is a rare item and truly a beauty! It is in excellent condition with the only problem being some spotting on the mirror which is visible in pics. Compact measures a bit over 1-1/2" diameter and is 11" long from tip to tip.

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$375 including s/h*

#13654

LaMode Tango Compact rosette Art Deco Influence Sterling Silver Tango with Enameled Chain by LaMode

Here is a stunning sterling silver compact made by LaMode with vivid Art Deco designs hand-painted on the front. The colors are very vibrant and are done on an ivory enamel background. The back of the compact is engine-turned in a lovely design and the sides are embossed in a zigzag pattern. The removable finger ring handle has two enameled bars that match the enamel on the front of the compact. Inside is a large mirror (some age foxing) in the lid and a rotating powder sifter and sealed rouge in the base. Both of the original puffs are still inside and do not show any use at all. Enamel is in excellent condition with no significant wear or damage whatsoever. Compact measures 2" square and handle with ring is another 4".

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$325 including s/h*

#9309

Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Aqua Green Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

This is quite a pretty double enamel guilloche tango by an unknown maker with a blue vignette of a rose on the front surrounded by a gold gilt border and two blue flowers above and below. The back of the compact is a plain aqua enamel guilloche. The enameling covers the entire surface to the edges making it quite large. The lipstick case is unusual in that it has a removable lipstick inside. Also the enameling on the case is not guilloche but does have a blue flower on it. Inside the compact is a rotating powder sifter on one side and a flip-up metallic mirror with rouge pot and puff beneath. The enameling on the compact has surface scuffs and the lipstick case has a few miniscule flakes. The mirror inside has visible rust pitting on both sides ... priced below my cost because of these issues.... I had paid $400 for it 8 years ago. It is not marked sterling even though I was told it was when I bought it. Compact measures almost 2-1/4" diameter and lipstick case is a bit over 2" long.

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$299 including s/h*

#13786

R and G Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Deco Stepped Design Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact by R & G Co.

This is a beautiful tango compact made by R & G Co. in a lovely shade of baby blue enamel guilloche with pink flowers and roses in the center portion with blue flowers on either side and a matching lipstick with the same flowers.Interior is done in gold wash and has a rotating powder well in the lid and a covered rouge pot in the base with a mirror inside. There are two puffs, I believe original, with the item. The lipstick slides out and there is a finger ring at the top. Enameling is all in mint condition with no chips or damage of any kind. Compact measures 2-1/8" square and lipstick is 1-1/2" long.

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$599 including s/h*

#11386

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact by R. Blackinton Co.

This is a very sweet little tango compact by R. Blackinton Co. in an aqua enamel guilloche with lovely hand-painted roses on the top and b blue ribbon bow bordering the bottom. The little attached case was what came with this piece when I purchased it; however, I believe it was an early adaptation that someone put with this possibly when their own was damaged or lost. In any event, it is a very nice match and looks great with it. That being said, the compact has the enameling on the lid only ... the back is plain silver. Inside it is just an open case with no mirror or any indication that there ever was one. The "lipstick" case is a case only and could have been for a secondary removable lipstick or perhaps a needle case or what-have-you. There is no way to use the case itself for lipstick as there is nothing to hold it. The compact is marked sterling and has the R. Blackinton Co. hallmark. There is no marking on the lipstick case. Enameling on the compact is perfect; on the lipstick there is the teeeeeniest of fleabites right at the top rim that is barely even there but needs mentioning. Compact measures 1-1/2" diameter and lipstick case is 2-1/4" long.

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$325 including s/h*

#13578

Enamel Guilloche Scenic Compact

rosette Octagon Scenic Golden Swan & Bird RARE Multi-Style Enamel Guilloche Compact with Finger Ring

You have to see this in person to appreciate the beautify of the enamel guilloche design on this lovely golden swan scenic compact. The scene is hand-painted on two types of enamel on the same base: the lake and grass are plain enamel while the swan has guilloche designs on the body to resemble feathers. The sky is done in radiating enamel guilloche surrounding the swan. Even the little golden bird in the sky has a different guilloche pattern. I have never seen this type of intricacy in the guilloche work on a compact and it is quite stunning! Now for the rest: inside is a mirror in the lid. The base has a rouge pot on top with original unused rouge which lifts up to expose a rotating powder sifter and a little original puff beneath. The only mark on it is Pat. Pend. It is in excellent condition throughout ... lid will stay closed but does not seem to want to snap shut. Measures 1-3/4" x 1-3/4".

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$350 inc. s/h*

#9832

Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Twin Compact Set in Enamel Guilloche with Matching Chain by F & B Co.

This is one of the most unusual tango sets I have ever had and I have had it for many years (9 to be exact!). I have never seen another with this type of configuration ... the compact hangs from a chain with enamel guilloche links from the rim of the top of the case while the adjoining rouge pot is suspended from the middle of the base. I am not sure if this was so that it could be worn over a sash at the waist or suspended from a fob of some type. In any event, it is very unique. The blue enamel guilloche is the same on both pieces, the only difference being that the rouge does not have enamel on the base. See pictures for a better explanation. Inside the compact is a mirror in the lid and an original puff in the open base. The rouge pot has a mirror in the lid but it is cracked in 2 places. As for the enameling, there are two apologies on this piece, one on the edge of the compact and one on the edge of the rouge. Again, see pictures for clear shots of both.Signed F & B Sterling on the rim of both mirrors. Compact measures 1-3/4" diameter and rouge is 1-3/8" diameter. Enamel chain connector is 3-1/2" long.

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$235 inc. s/h*

#13142

Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

rosette Cobalt Enamel Guilloche Tango Vanity in Original Presentation Box by Karess

This is a very pretty cobalt blue enamel guilloche vanity with a tango finger ring on the top in its original velvety presentation box. There is a nice embossed design around the edge on the side. The inside of the case has a mirror in the lid and a very unique compartmented base. One section has a powder with puff on it. In front of this (or below depending on your perspective) is a covered rouge with a removable lid which has a lipstick built into the end. There is an original puff for the rouge as well. The compact measures 1-3/4" x 2-1/2" and the box measures 3" x 3-1/4" with a slightly extended base.

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$275 inc. s/h*

#9272

Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

rosette Double Enamel Guilloche "Pillow" Finger Ring Tango by F. M. Co.

This is a very pretty and rather unique pillow shaped double enamel guilloche compact with finger ring by F. M. Co. it is not sterling but the case is done in gold with an embossed brass chain and finger ring. The front is done in a white center with hand-painted roses on it, blue borders on 4 sides and pale yellow on the corners. The back is done in matching blue enamel guilloche. It is a truly lovely compact. Inside is a covered powder well in the lid with original puff and the bottom half has a covered rouge pot, also with an original puff. The cover for the rouge pot is a 2-sided mirror. Enameling on this one is as close to mint as you are going to find ... no apologies whatsoever! Measures 1-3/4" wide x 2-1/4" long.

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$365 inc. s/h*

#9604

Blackinton Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Rare Style Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Compact by R. Blackinton

This is a sweet little compact on a finger ring chain made by R. Blackinton.It is oval in shape and has a beautiful center vignette of pink roses in full bloom on an ivory background. Surrounding this is a border of beautiful baby blue enamel guilloche. When the compact is opened, it has a set-in mirror in the lid which shows considerable silver loss around the edges; however, this is not a beveled mirror so it could be easily replaced. In the base is an original puff with a sweet blue bow on it and beneath it a removable powder pat, original to the piece as it is marked Blackinton on the bottom (see pics).  It is in excellent condition! Measures 2-1/4" long x 1-1/4" wide x 1/2" deep.

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$499 inc. s/h*

#12108

Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Large Size Enamel Guilloche Tango Vanity w/Double Lipsticks by D. F. Briggs Co.

This is one of the bigger tango style vanity cases I have had and it was made by D. F. Briggs.  The front of the case has beautiful etchings in the silver metal (not sterling) and snow white enamel guilloche with hand-painted roses and blue flowers on it. The sides of the case are deeply embossed in a fancy leaf design while the bottom is engine turned. Inside the compact is a full size mirror in the lid, very clear, and the base has fitted powder and rouge pats with orignal puffs and two removable lipsticks. The finger ring is attached with a braided mesh band which can be removed from the compact if you wish to carry it in your purse. Enameling is 99% good with only a sliver missing along lower right edge visible in pics. Measures 2-1/2" diameter..

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$375 inc. s/h*

#13575

Figural Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Cute Little Figural Vanity with Enamel Guilloche Wrist Slide

Very roaring twenties looking! This cute little vanity has a hand-painted picture on the front of a lady looking at her reflection in a hand mirror. The silver tone case (not sterling) is nicely embossed all around the raised image. The braided cord wrist band has a white enamel guilloche bead which slides to adjust the band to fit. There is a black tassel on bottom which may or may not be original. Inside is a mirror in the lid and a powder pat and puff in the base. A unique and adorable compact and it is in excellent condition. Measures a bit over 2" long not counting clasp or tassel and 1-3/4" wide.

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$299 inc. s/h*

#9100

Pink Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Pink Enamel Guilloche Compact

This is a delightful sterling silver tango compact whose manufacturer is unknown.  The only marking I can find is a Sterling stamp in the rim of the base (I could not get a clear enough photo of it to share).  The enamel guilloche with the hand-painted  roses is done with a white center and a pink border. The designs in the guilloche are exquisite! The back of the compact is plain silver with the monogram "EH" engraved. Inside the base is empty and would have held loose powder and a puff. The mirror which was in the lid is no longer there but would be easily replaced. The finger ring is a plain band and the links have several bends which I don't believe are original but one never knows. Compact measures 1-1/2" diameter x 1/2" high (not counting slightly domed top).

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$325 inc. s/h*

#13725

Bluebirds Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Octagon Sterling Silver Bluebirds with Nest Enamel Guilloche Compact by James E. Blake Co.

Bluebirds are always a favorite to find on compacts and this one is just a delightful depiction of a pair of them with their nest ... you can even see an egg already in there! It is just so sweet. Tiny pink flowers surround them on a snowy white background of enamel guilloche. The compact is attached to a finger ring which is stamped sterling. Inside the compact is a mirror in the lid and a swansdown puff. Hallmarks for James E. Blake Co. Sterling can be seen in the bottom. Enameling is in excellent condition with minor age-appropriate scuffs only visible when held to light.  Measures 1-1/2" across.

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$375 inc. s/h*

#12282

Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Enamel Guilloche Compact with Hyacinths & Butterflies

This is a very pretty little compact by an unknown maker. It is an enamel guilloche scene done on a sunny yellow background showing a field of blue hyacinths with two butterflies fluttering over them ... so pretty! The metal is a silver with engine turned designs ... it is not sterling but is very shiny and bright. The compact opens book style and features a mirror and rouge pot on the left and a rotating sifter with original puff on the right. It is in excellent condition throughout and the enameling is mint. A true beauty! Measures 2" x 2-1/4" overall not counting chain handle.

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$399 inc. s/h*

#11494

Double Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Double Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact - GLB?

This lovely tango compact has been in my collection for some time and I have never been able to determine the manufacturer. It is just so pretty in 2-tone yellow ... a buttery color in the center and a deeper lemon yellow around the edge. There is a sunburst design to the guilloche in the center portion and scrollwork in the border and hand-painted roses and flowers cascading down both sides. The back is done in matching 2-tone yellow minus the flowers. And the compact is suspended from a -- removable! -- finger ring and chain all done in matching yellow enamel (butter yellow ring and lemon yellow links). It is just gorgeous! Inside there is a mirror with rouge pot and original puff on one side and a rotating powder sifter on the other. Just below the mirror is a stamped signature that is either GLB Co. (or GIB, CLB, CIB) .. it is very hard to make out but I have included a super close-up. If you recognize this name, please let me know.  The size is quite large ... 2-1/4" square plus 4" drop for the chain/ring. Excellent condition. Please see all pics for details.

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$499 inc. s/h*

#14092

F & B Scenic Enamel Guilloche Compact

rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Scenic Compact by F & B Co.

Here we have a compact made by F & B that I have not seen before ... it is a lemon yellow color around the edge with a vignette in the center of a scenic lake with roses blooming in the foreground. You can see the trees reflecting in the water and a pale crescent moon suspended in the sky above.  The compact is suspended from a bar and link chain with a finger ring at the top. Both the ring and the compact are signed F & B Sterling. The interior is missing the mirror but this should not be difficult to have made. The original paper label was beneath the powder pat inside, also with the Foster & Bros. name on it. Now as for condition ... the enameling has only a few minor scuffs when held to light but there is a chip in the enamel right at the left edge. Because of this, the price is greatly reduced from what it would be if it were perfect. It is a delightful compact and a rare one to boot! Measures larger than most being 2-1/4" diameter.

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$175 inc. s/h*

#16881

Pink Thomae Tango Compact rosette Thomae Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

This gorgeous candy pink tango compact made by Thomae has been in my personal collection for several years and I am finally deciding to part with it. It truly is the finest piece in my collection and I have never seen another one like it. The detail that Thomae put into manufacturing these was unsurpassed in the industry in my opinion. From the detailing in the silver edge trim to the additional floral and leaf design painted at the top and side edges of the compact, it is truly an exquisite piece of art. The compact features a mirror in the lid and a rotating covered powder well in the base. The lipstick features a screw-in tube unlike the typical slide-in ... again a sign of better quality craftsmanship. And the enameled finger ring and chains just add the perfect finishing touch! Condition throughout is excellent and this is one of the finest examples of a tango compact you will ever see. Compact measures 2" diameter and the lipstick is 1-3/4" long. (Click on pic for more photos.)

$1,499

#12804

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango w/ Flowers & Enameled Chain

This is a beautiful little sterling silver enamel guilloche done in cream with pink and blue flowers on both compact and lipstick.  The sides of the compact are done in black and the back of the compact is solid cream enamel guilloche.  Even the little links that hold the compact and lipstick together are enameled.  Compact interior features a crescent shaped mirror and rouge pot in lid with open powder well in the base.  Enameling on the compact is perfect on the cream sections ... there are some older restorations on the black borders that aren't noticeable unless you are looking for them.  The lipstick is near perfect with only one teeny little fleabite out of the tip visible in pic.  The chain links do have some damage to the enameling but this is commonly found and doesn't detract too much.  All of the above is taken into consideration in pricing ... overall a very nice and displayable tango as well as a usable piece if that is your desire.  There are hallmarks on the rim of the case but I am unable to make them out other than the word Sterling.  Compact measures 2" diameter and lipstick is 2-1/4" long.

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$350 including s/h*

#12416

Lavender Enamel Guilloche Tango rosetteSweet Lavender Enamel Guilloche Tango with Finger Ring

Here we have a very pretty little lavender enamel guilloche tango with attached lipstick and separate chain with finger ring. The front has delicately hand-painted roses in yellow and pink with green leaves. The back is engine turned silver. There is a crescent-shaped mirror and rouge pot inside the compact with a rotating powder sifter on the opposite side. The rouge pot is still full. The lipstick is the same shade of enamel with a different guiloche pattern as is commonly found with these types of compacts. The lipstick is 6-sided with silver bands between the sides. Traces of old lipstick still inside. There are faint surface scuffs consistant with age on the clearcoat of the enamel that can be seen when held to light. And two of the side seams on the lipstick have come loose at one end but it still holds the lipstick tightly. This is taken into consideration in the price. All in all, it is a great piece for use or display. Compact measures 2" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$375 including s/h *

#12726

BB Co. Lilac Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette BB Co. Lilac Enamel Guilloche Tango

This is an exceptionally fine tango compact made by Bliss Brothers (BB Co. marked inside). The front of the compact is done in beautiful lilac enamel guilloche with a snowy white center with a garland of pink roses and blue ribbon bows. The matching lipstick has a single rose on lilac and a white tip all done in enamel guilloche. Even the little connecting chain has a lilac enamel guilloche link. The back is all lilac enamel guilloche. The interior features a crescent-shaped mirror and rouge pot (with rouge) in the lid and a rotating powder sifter in the base, all finished in shiny gold wash. Excellent condition throughout. There is a tiny pin dot on lid that shows up in picture much more than in person ... this is not damage, it appears to be a manufacturer's flaw. It truly is barely noticeable in person. . Compact measures almost 2-1/4" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$325 including s/h*

#12581

F.M. Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette F. M. Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango Compact

Here is a lovely little tango in aqua blue/green with a pretty center vignette of pink and blue flowers on a white oval background. The interior has a metallic mirror in the lid which opens to reveal a well for a rouge pot. The base has a gold wash covered powder well with pretty engine turned designs. Traces of loose powder can be found inside. The lipstick is beautifully enameled in a pale green color and is in excellent condition. The color is slightly different from the compact which leads me to believe it might have been a replacement; however, this is the way I purchased it and I have left it that way. I would be willing to separate the two if someone is interested in doing that but would prefer to keep them as found. Both pieces are in excellent condition. Compact measures 2-1/8" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$375 including s/h*

#12529

R and G Co. Sterling Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette R & G Co. Sterling & Enamel Guilloche Tango in MINT Condition

Here we have another fabulous piece made by R & G Co. (signed inside). Marked Sterling on the lipstick case, this gorgeous tango set features a tiny lipstick and a matching compact joined with a finger ring chain. Both pieces have a purple and yellow pansy in the center of an ivory enamel guilloche background. The compact has a crescent shaped mirror and rouge pot in the lid and a rotating powder sifter in the base covered with engine turned designs. Original puff and lipstick still remain as well as traces of powder. It is in MINT condition! Compact measures 2-1/4" diameter and lipstick is 1-1/2" long.

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$399 including s/h*

#8210

F.M. Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette Stunning Turquoise Enamel Guilloche Tango by F. M. Co.

Here is another beautifully colored compact by F.M. Company. This compact is done in stunning turquoise enamel guilloch with jet black stripes for contrast. Roses and flowers adorn the center and black panels and are just gorgeous! Back of compact and matching six-sided lipstick are done in solid turquoise enamel guilloche. Interior is done in gold wash and features a double-sided mirror in the center separating a rotating powder sifter on one side and rouge pot on the other. Two puffs included (not shown in pic). Compact and lipstick are in excellent condition with no chips or damage ... they are almost perfect. Finberg was known for its high quality and it shows in this beautiful piece. Compact measures 2-1/8" wide x 2-1/2" high and lipstick is almost 2" long.

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$499 including s/h*

#11804

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R and G Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette Fantastic R & G Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango with Victorian Flower Basket & Double Lipstick/Eye Brow Case

This is one of my very favorite tangos ... made by Ripley & Gowen, it is done in sterling silver with a lovely ivory background. Hand-painted on this is a lovely Victorian basket overflowing with pink roses and adorned with a pretty lavender bowl. The matching lipstick / eye brow pencil has tiny roses on it. Each end is marked with the contents: lipstick on one end and eye brow on the other. Interior of compact is missing it's mirror in the lid but I'm sure this could be easily added. Base has retainer to hold a powder pat. Signed R & G and Sterling. Enameling is all excellent. Chain is very long and seems to me to be a replacement. This could be easily changed if one desired; I left it as found since it was not objectionable to me. Back of case is beautifully engine turned in Victorian design. I just noticed when looking closely at the eye brow section that the little button that locks it into place is missing ... however, it fits tightly and is not a problem but i wanted to mention for accuracy. Compact measures 2-3/8" diameter and lipstick is 1-5/8" long.

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$399 including s/h*

#12656

Sterling Silver Vanity Case rosette Sterling Silver Vanity Case with Blue Enamel Guilloche Front

This is such a pretty little vanity case in sterling silver with a robin's egg blue enamel guilloche lid on the compact portion.  The little silver tassel is just adorable! Inside the lid is a mirror with some silver loss around the edges.  The removable ring handle is not marked sterling that I can find so it may be a later addition although the design is very similar to that on the vanity. Overall it is in excellent condition. Case portion measures 2-1/2" high (not counting little tassel) x 1-3/4" wide. Overall from top ring to bottom of tassel is 7-1/2". It is hallmarked inside but I cannot make out the manufacturer.

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$375 includes s/h*

#10520

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Enamel Guilloche Tango

rosette Unusual Enamel Guilloche Tango with Separate Lipstick Case

Here is a very unusual and sweet tango done in cream enamel guilloche with pink roses. Back is same without roses. Frame is gold rather than silver and interior is also gold wash. There is a covered powder well and puff on one side and the other has a metallic mirror which flips up to reveal a rouge pot and replacement puff. The lipstick case opens and holds a removable lipstick tube. Compact is in excellent condition ... lipstick has a few teeny misses in the enamel at the one end and two teeny spots on the back side ... very minor and not detrimental at all. Compact measures 1-3/4" wide x 2" high and lipstick is 2" long.

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$225 including s/h*

#11868

D. F. Briggs Enamel Guilloche Vanity rosette Enamel Guilloche Vanity Case by D. F. Briggs

My favorite vanities are often those done by D. F. Briggs Co. They just paid attention to detail and built in quality ... note the inlaid strips of turquoise enamel guilloche around the border of this case. The little raised vignette features a hand-painted rose and blue flowers with a tiny golden bird flying above. The sides of the case are richly embossed with scrolling leaves and the bottom is engine turned. Interior features a mirror in the lid that is in perfect condition despite the dust in the picture above from the traces of powder inside. Base features a removable lipstick, powder well with refill slip still inside and original unused puff. Rouge pat is still there but puff is a replacement on this one. Embossed bar link chain with matching finger ring finishes it off. Measures approximately 2-3/8" square.

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$225 including s/h*

#11357

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Sterling Tango by R and G rosette Rare Large Size Sterling Tango with Double Lipstick/Eye Brow Pencil by R & G

This is one of the most unusual and unique tangos I have run across. The large size compact is beautifully done in cream enamel guilloche with blue and pink flowers on the front. The back is engine-turned silver. This large compact opens to an open powder pat on one side and a covered rouge pot on the other. The cover for the rouge pot has a beveled mirror on the bottom but the top is engine-turned with a center area inscribed with the name "Ruby". The attached lipstick is most unusual in that it is two-sided ... one side holds the lipstick and the other holds eye brow pencil. The compact is marked R & G and the lipstick/eyebrow is marked Sterling. Note the lovely little enamel guilloche link in the chain! Compact is perfect ... lipstick has an earlier repair that blends in well but was probably not professionally done. It blends in well and is not noticeable. Compact measures 2-1/2" diameter and lipstick is 1-5/8" long.

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$295 including s/h*

#10655

Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Unusual Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango Dated 1917 with Matching Enameled Chain

I have had this lovely tango in my own collection for several years and I hate to part with it. It is not perfect but because it is so unique and pretty, I had to have it. The color is a deeper Williamsburg blue with pink roses ... but what makes this stand out is that BOTH sides of the compact AND the lipstick have pink roses. I have never seen this before on a tango. The backs are usually plain. And the chain that connects the pieces is also blue enamel and these are near perfect. There is a wee bit of damage to the one end cap of the lipstick and the compact has damage near the hinge (worst area pictured) and the clasp on the rim. Both the top and bottom, however, are perfect. The interior has a crescent-shaped mirror with rouge pot on one side and a unique patented powder pat on the other side which is dated 1917. What appears to be an original puff is still inside. The piece is marked "Sterling" on the inside rim. Compact measures 2" diameter and lipstick is 2-1/8" long.

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$350 including s/h*

#10531

F and B Co. Sterling Silver Tango

rosette Pretty Mint Green Enamel Guilloche Sterling Silver Tango by F & B Co.

Doesn't F & B just make the most beautiful compacts? The quality and extra touches they put in make them my favorites ... i.e., look at the beauty of the enamel guilloche chain connecting the lipstick and compact ... each little section is green and black to match the compact and the finger ring is all green enamel guilloche. Front of compact is mint green enamel guilloche with a black thin border. Lipstick is all green. Back of compact is a pretty engine-turned design. Interior of compact features a mirror in the lid and a powder pat in the bottom with puff. Set is in excellent condition with no damage to the enamel. Compact measures 2-1/8" diameter and lipstick is 2" long. 

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$499 including s/h*

#11815

F. M. Co. Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette F.M. Co. Tango with Lipstick

Here we have a stunning tango compact and lipstick by FM (Finberg) Co. Lovely soft mint green enamel guilloche is accented with pink roses and a center panel of creamy pale yellow for contrast. It is just gorgeous! Six-sided matching lipstick tops it off. Compact interior features a rotating powder sifter with lovely engine-turned designs in the base and a crescent mirror and rouge pot in the lid. Not marked sterling that I could find, but these usually are and this appears to be. Very, very few surface scuffs only visible with loupe. Overall compact is in excellent condition! Compact measures 2-1/2" square.

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$475 including s/h*

#9602

R and G Co. Sterling Silver Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Fabulous Large Size Lavender Tango Sterling Silver Compact with RARE DOUBLE Eyebrow & Lipstick by R & G Co.

Here we have a fabulous tango compact and lipstick set made by R & G Co. This outstanding piece features a finger ring with removable chain (with one lavender enameled link in the chain) and a large size compact on one end with matching double eyebrow and lipstick on the other. The lavender enamel guilloche is embellished with hand-painted roses on both pieces. The interior of the compact features an empty powder well in the base and a swing-out mirror in the lid with a rouge pot and original puff beneath. The double eyebrow/lipstick is marked accordingly on each end which is which. Marked Sterling on the lipstick case, this wonderful item is in very good condition with no chips or cracks to the enameling at all. The only thing that would merit mentioning are two very faint areas near the edge that have some slight discoloration (right under clasp and at about 8:30). Compact measures 2-1/2" diameter.

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$499 including s/h*

#9114

F.M. Co. 2-Pc. Tango Set rosette RARE F.M. Co. Sterling Silver and Enamel Guilloche 2-Pc. Matching Pendant Style Vanity Case and Lipstick

Here is a cream of the crop 2-pc. matched set by FM Co.. Although the case is not marked, I am positive it is sterling silver with exquisite enamel guilloche in mint green on front and back of both cases. Compact has a snow white center with a garland of roses and leaves around the perimeter. The pendant handle is enamel cloisonne. The lipstick case is 6-sided and has gold wash on the interior portion. Compact also has gold wash on the inside. There is a center flip 2-sided mirror, a powder sifter, and a rouge pot with traces of rouge. It is in excellent condition with no damage to either case. There may be some enamel missing on the handle, but even with a magnifying glass, I can't tell if it's just the design or if something is missing. It looks right to me. Compact measures approximately 2" x 2-1/2" and lipstick is 2" long.

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$450 Set including s/h*

#8369

Rare Red Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette RARE Red Tango Compact/Lipstick with Hand-Painted Roses on Lid and Lipstick

This is a very rare and unusual tango compact with matching lipstick done in a shade of deep red. The base metal is gold tone (needed to get the red enameled shades) and the lid has a white center with hand-painted pink rose in full bloom. There are tiny gold scrolls around the white before the red border begins. The lipstick has tiny matching pink roses painted around both ends ... so sweet! The lipstick tube may have been just a holder as there is no way to retract the lipstick; however, I can't be sure as this is how it was purchased. Inside has a framed mirror in the lid and open base for powder pat. Enameling is all in excellent condition with no chips or damge that I can see. Compact measures 2" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$499 including s/h*

#11350

LaMode Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Rare White Enamel Guilloche Tango with Gold Frame by LaMode

Here is a rarely found all-snow white enamel guilloche tango compact with pink roses mounted in a gold frame. Even the finger ring chain is gold! Marked "LaMode" on the inside. Compact is in perfect condition ... lipstick has one tiny area of enamel loss on top back. Interior has a rotating powder well in the lid and a covered rouge pot in the base with two puffs that appear to be original. Compact measures 2" square and lipstick is 1-1/2" long.

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$295 including s/h*

#10729

LaMode Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Lovely LaMode Lime Green Enamel Guilloche Tango

Purchased from a private collection, this is a rather rare design tango compact and lipstick by LaMode. Smallish in scale (square compact is only 1-5/8"), it is big on design. The compact is all done in lime green enamel guilloche on both sides with roses and blue forget-me-nots on the front side. Interior features multi compartments: a metallic mirror in the lid which opens to reveal a rouge pot with rouge and original puff. Base has a covered powder compartment with area for puff (not included). The matching lipstick has roses on one side. Overall the item is in excellent condition with the only flaw being a pinprick of enamel missing on one end of the lipstick (so common with tangos as the lipsticks swing free). s visible with a loupe. Compact measures 2-1/4" diameter.

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$350 including s/h*

#11097

14Kt Gold Tango with Perfume <rosette RARE Tango with PERFUME! in Exquisite 14Kt Gold Case

Never before have I seen a tango with a perfume attached instead of a lipstick! Here we have one ... the beautiful gold enamel guilloche compact (marked 14Kt inside) is attached to a matching perfume. When opened, the perfume retains its original glass dauber inside. Compact features a mirror in the lid and a newer puff that was found inside. Back of compact is engine-turned. Finger ring tops it all off for easy carrying! This rare beauty has only a few surface scuffs visible only with a loupe ... it is in excellent condition! Compact measures 2" diameter.

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$550 including s/h*

#10014

French Ivory Jeweled Tango by Cara rosette French Ivory Jeweled Tango Vanity with Original Tassle by Cara

Here we have a delightful little French Ivory (celluloid) tango vanity case with original matching case for lipstick. The lid is inset with 29 turquoise blue stones, and there are black beads around the exterior. The original tassle and handle have Chinese knot decorations. Interior features a mirror in the lid and powder pot in bottom with original Cara puff. It is in excellent condition! Measures 2-1/2" diameter x 14-1/2" long from lipstick case to bottom of tassle.

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$225 including s/h*

#7815

LaMode Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Sweet Little LaMode Tango with Finger Ring

This is a really sweet and unusually small tango by LaMode. Both front and back of compact are a rich cream color enamel guilloche with hand-painted roses on the front. The matching lipstick also features the same design. Interior of compact has a metallic mirror in the lid which shows pitting and scratches from age ... the back side of the mirror is in perfect condition and hides a rouge pot with rouge still inside. Base of compact features a covered powder well with lift top. This piece does show use but is in very good condition for its age. Compact enamel is in very good condition with no chips or loss ... only very superficial scuffs from use. Lipstick has a sliver of glass loss that doesn't go into the enamel and doesn't really show ... can be felt more than seen. Tiny compact measures approximately 1-5/8" diameter and lipstick is 1-1/2" long.

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$350 including s/h*

#9955

Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette RARE Tango Compact & Lipstick in Cobalt & Powder Blue Enamel Guilloche

Here we have an absolutely fantastic tango compact and matching lipstick in rich cobalt blue with powder blue accents that are decorated with tiny yellow flowers. The light blue portions are guilloche while the cobalt guilloche is barely visible giving it a smooth, deep appearance. The lipstick is still inside the case, and the attaching chain has one cobalt link between two embossed gold links. Interior features a crescent shaped mirror in the lid alongside a rouge pot. Base has a rotating powder sifter. There are no marks on the piece that I could find. Lid spring is slightly sprung and it does not snap shut tightly but it does lie flat without a gap.  All the enameling is in MINT condition! A real showstopper. Compact measures 2-1/8" diameter.

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$475 including s/h*

#7879

F.M. Co. Lavender Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette Rare Lavender Enamel Guilloche Tango by Finberg Mfg. Co.

This is just a beautiful set! Lovely lavender color with a snow white center all done in enamel guilloche with hand-painted roses. It is truly gorgeous! The interior is all done in gold vermeil and features a crescent mirror in the lid with rouge pot (still intact!). The base has a beautifully engine turned rotating sifter. The matching lipstick case is six-sided and in mint condition. There are two professional repairs on the very edge of the compact itself (see pic for one ... other was too tiny to photograph). I purchased it even with this due to the rare and beautiful color. Finberg was known for its high quality and it shows in this beautiful piece. Compact measures 2-1/2" diameter and lipstick is almost 2" long.

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$495 including s/h*

#10415

Scenic Snow White Enamel Guilloche Tango rosette RARE Scenic Snow White Enamel Guilloche Tango with Unusual Lipstick Holder

Rarely found in tango compacts are scenics and this one is a wonderful find! Front of compact and lipstick case are done in snow white enamel guilloche. The center of the compact has a tiny hand-painted scene of purple mountains and a lake with sun's rays on the horizon. This is outlined in beautiful gold scrollwork. Then there are hand-painted roses around this on either side. Interior of case has two compartments ... one in lid for loose powder and one in base for rouge (both powder and rouge are still inside). The lipstick is very unusual in that the case itself snaps open and the separate lipstick removes from the inside. Back of both cases are done in fancy engine turned designs on silver. No marks can be found on this piece, but it is a beauty in its own right and the uniqueness of the design and scene make it a worthy addition to any collection. Compact measures 2-1/8" x 2" and lipstick is 2" long.

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$399 including s/h*

#9861

F and B Sterling Silver Gold and Black Tango rosette Classy Sterling Silver Gold & Black Pittsburgh Steeler Colors!) Enamel Guilloche Tango with Matching Chain by F & B

This tango set has to be one of the classiest I have ever run across. Stunning gold enamel guilloche outlined in solid black is really striking. The matching chain and finger ring are also done in gold enamel guilloche and black (ring is all gold enamel guilloche!). The lipstick is ste with a tiny pearl button. Both pieces are marked "F & B" and "Sterling". Interior of compact features a mirror in the lid and a pressed powder pat in the base with puff (I believe puff is original). I have never seen a set where the finger ring and chain were both enameled like this ... AND the entire piece is in perfect, MINT condition! Back of compact is done in engine turned designs. This is one for the most advanced collector! Compact is approximately 2" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$595 including s/h*

#9840

Richard Hudnut Deauville Tango rosette Richard Hudnut "Deauville" Tango Compact & Lipstick Set in Presentation Box ~dated 1924~

This is a lovely Richard Hudnut "Deauville" turquoise enamel guilloche tango compact and lipstick comes in its original presentation box. Signed and dated with patent numbers and the date 1924, this is a really gorgeous set. Due to its age, the surface does have some dark lines running through the glass coating as well as a tiny chip that I can feel rather than see. Lipstick case is in better condition but has some minor discoloration that may wash off (I haven't yet tried). Interior of compact has flip up mirror in lid with rouge pot behind and covered powder well with original frayed puff inside. Lipstick still has lipstick inside. Embossed finger ring and chains hold both pieces together and they come in a lovely silk covered matching box with the name "Deaville" inside the lid. It is a wonder set for its age and one that will display beautifully in any collection. Compact measures 2" diameter and lipstick is 2" long.

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$295 including s/h*

#8052

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