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Compacts
Compacts

Compacts hold face powder. A woman did not powder her face in public until after World War I. By 1920, the beauty parlor, permanent waves, and cosmetics had become acceptable. A few companies sold cake face powder in a box with a mirror and a pad or puff. Soon the compact was designed by jewelers and made of gold, silver, and precious materials. Cosmetic companies began to sell powder in attractive compacts of less valuable metal or plastic. Collectors today search for Art Deco designs, famous brands, compacts from World’s Fairs or political events, and unusual examples. Many were made with companion lipsticks and other fittings.

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 CompactsCartier 14K Gold, Line Engraving, Sapphire Thumbpiece, Mirror Inside, 2 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsVan Cleef & Arpels 14K Gold, Platinum, Diamond Ballerina, Sapphire, 3 x 2 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartier 14K Gold, Sterling Silver, Ribbed, Geometric Border, Sapphires, 2 1/4 x 2 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsJade & Black Enamel 14K Yellow Gold, Diamond, Filigree Center, Hinged, 2 1/2 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartier 14K Yellow Gold, Lapis Blue, Black Enamel, Black Onyx, Diamonds, Art Deco2016Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsElsa Peretti 18K Gold, Heart Shape, Mirror, Halston, 1970s, 3 1/4 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsVan Cleef & Arpels 18K Gold, Polished & Ribbed Panels, Square Cut Sapphires, 3 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsTrinity Plate 2-Sided, Goldtone, Purse2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsChrome 2-Tone, Applied Enamel Floral Disk, Engraved VY, Lipstick, Puffs, Chain, 3 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsFlato 4-Leaf Clovers, Rhinestones, Goldtone Metal, Hinged, Signed, c.1950, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsPlastic Acorn Shape, Brown,2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Compacts14K Bicolor Gold Alternate Bands, Ribbed & Engraved, Diamond Monogram, 3 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsEnamel Aluminum, Elephant Shape, Black, Cream, France, c.19302008Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling Silver Applied Medallion, Art Deco, Monogram, Turned, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsBakelite Art Deco2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsChrome Over Brass Art Deco, England,2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsMetal Art Deco, Octagonal, Powder & Rouge Compartments, Polished Metal Mirror, 1 7/8 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSuper Zell Automobiles2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartier Baguette Diamonds, Rubies, 14K Gold, Art Deco, Sunburst, Pouch, 4 x 3 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsA.L. Siegel Co. Bakelite, Red, 3 1/4 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling Silver Basket Weave Pattern, Paste Gemstones, c.1910, 4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCelluloid Belle Of The Ball2009Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsClassical Scene Beveled Mirror, Italy, 3 x 2 1/2 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling Beveled Mirror, Lid, Starburst Scoring, Stylized Leaf Decoration, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsHat Big Brim, France,2009Login / Create Account for Price


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