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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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CompactsMetalGoldtone, Filigree, Blue Enamel, Portrait, Marie Antoinette, Estee Lauder, 2 In. Illustrated2018Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsCopperPainted, Woman Undressing, Interior Erotic Scene, Snakeskin Puff, 3 1/2 In. Illustrated2017Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsDamsel & Suitor Incised, 18K Gold, Rubies, Diamonds, Kidskin Case, Austria, 3 In. illustrated2016Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsBakelite Mirror In Lid, Powder Puff, Corded Handle, Tassel, 3 1/2 x 4 1/5 In, Illustrated2015Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsVanity Case Tortoiseshell, Mirror In Lid, Corded Handle, Tassels, 4 1/2 x 17 In, Illustrated2015Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsGold18K, Blue Enamel, Mirror, Art Deco, H. Dubret, 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 In. Illustrated2013Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsCigarette CaseFaberge,14K Yellow Gold,Sapphire,Early 1900s,2 1/2 x 3 1/2 In. Illustrated2011Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsSilver-sterlingScrolling,Gold Washed,Initials,4 x 4 In. Illustrated2011Login / 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
CompactsFlato Rhinestones, Goldtone Metal, Art Deco, Hinged, Signed, c.1930, 2 1/2 x 2 1/3 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsFlato Rhinestones, Goldtone Metal, Hinged, Signed, c.1940, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 5/16 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
CompactsFlato Seashells, Goldtone Metal, Hinged, Signed, c.1940, 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 In., illustrated2009Login / Create Account for Price
 Compacts18K GoldEngine-Turned Allover, Rectangular, Interior Compartments2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsBoucheronPierced, Engraved, Flowers, 5 Cabochon Rubies, Square, 3 x 3 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsChatelaineSilver, Hand Mirror-Shape Charm, Gilded Well, c.1915, 5 x 3 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCoroMetal, Enamel, Rhinestone Swirl Design, Clip Closure, Square, 1950s,2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsDante & BeatriceSilver, Imitation Malachite, Cut Corners, c.1875, 3 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsGiltFiligree, Blue Cabochons, Glass, Mirror, Powder Puff, Chain, c.1910, 3 x 2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsMappin & WebbPortrait, Girl, Chain, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsMinaudiereSilvertone, Enamel, Mirror, Powder Puff, Chain, 1930s, 3 x 2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsOrmoluGoldtone, Enamel, Flowers, Pearls, Mirror, Powder Puff, c.1880, 2 x 3 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverRectangular, Reticulated, Birds, Flowers, Urn, Gilt, 3 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverRound, Green, Gilt, Red, Bamboo, Continental,1925, 1 3/4 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverRound, Green, White, Bamboo, Continental,1925, 2 In.2018Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartier Baguette Diamonds, Rubies, 14K Gold, Art Deco, Sunburst, Pouch, 4 x 3 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price


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