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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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 CompactsCartier14K Gold, Engine-Turned Lines, Monogram, 3 x 2 3/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartierSterling Silver, U.S. Cities, Round, Mirror Inside, 3 3/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsDiamond MeleeWoven Design, Clip Closure, 18K Gold, Marchak, Paris, 3 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsElginSilver, Blue Enamel, Chain, Ring Loop, Monogram, Round, 1915, 1 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsMary Garden RigaudBrass, Embossed, Woman's Profile, Paris, c.1920, 1 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSchlumbergerBasket Weave, 18K Bicolor Gold, Blue Enamel & Diamond Flowers, 2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverEmerald Green Enamel, Ray Pattern, Round, Continental, 1 5/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverEngraved Flowers, Scrolls, Lines, Round, Rex Label, c.1940, 4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverPale Yellow Enamel, Embossed Roses, Round, Stamped Austria, c.1905, 2 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsStrattonPink Flamingos, Blue, Green Ground, Mirror, c.1950, 3 1/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsTiffany & Co.14K Gold, Line Engraving, Palmette Edges, Black Enamel Border2014Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsBrass FiligreeEnamel Flowers, Stone Insets, France, 5 x 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartierDiamond, Sapphire Clasp, 14K Gold Body, Mirror, Powder, 2 x 2 3/4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartierSilver, Blue Enamel Band, 3 x 2 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCartierSterling, 14K Gold, Blue Stones, Ray Design, Mirror, Monogram, 1947, 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCotyGoldtone Weave, Mirror, Marked, 2 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsEnamelSilver, Oval, Lid, Cavalier, Maiden, Sleeping Under Tree, Turquoise, c.1900, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsFlowersMulticolor, Green Ground, Gold Trim, Mirror, Oval, England, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsGarrard AlbemarleGold, Diamond & Enamel Clasp, England, 2 1/2 x 2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsLaliqueGlass, Birds, Sepia Patina, Fleurs D’Amour, Poudre Rachel, Roger Et Gallet, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsLeatherGreen, Tooling, Brass, Mirror, Italy, 1960s, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilver GiltPeach Translucent Enamel, Blue Cabochon, Mirror, Russia, c.1915, 2 1/4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverLid, Engraved St. Mark Lion, Flowers, Blue Stone Latch, LVF Mark, c.1905, 3 x 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverEngine Turned Rays, 14K Gold Latch, 3 Rubies, Engraved, Dec. 25, 19442013Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverEngraved Flowers, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price


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