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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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 CompactsSterling Silver Basket Weave Pattern, Paste Gemstones, c.1910, 4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling Silver Light Blue, Enamel, Guilloche, Round, Germany, c.1900, 2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling Silver Round, Applied Flower Design, Georg Jensen, c.1950, 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverRound, Applied Flower Design, Georg Jensen, c.1950, 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverLight Blue, Enamel, Guilloche, Round, Germany, c.1900, 2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverBasket Weave Pattern, Paste Gemstones, c.1910, 4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSterling SilverApplied Medallion, Art Deco, Monogram, Turned, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverYellow Enamel, Finger Ring, 1 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverGuilloche Enamel Flowers, Gold Stem, Puff, Sifter, Oval, Italy, 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverGilt Enamel, Woman, Man, Landscape Scene, Lamb, Flowers, Hallmark, Bird, 2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverGilt Wash, Engraved, Sky Blue Enamel On Top, Glass Cover Inside, France, 1 7/8 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverEngraved Acanthus, Monogram, Chain, James Blake Co., 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilverEnamel Medallion, Young Couple, Landscape, Sheep, Engraved, Round, Italy, 2 3/4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsSilver PlateMidnight Blue Enamel, Art Deco 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsOver The WristMetal, Enameled Medallion, Flower Center, 1940,5 x 3 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsMixed MetalIncised Flowers, Matte Black Enamel, Mirror, Puff, Screen, Japan, 3 1/2 x 3 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsEnamelFlower Basket, Orange Ground, 1920s, 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsEnamelGuilloche, Yellow, Flowers, c.1930, 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsDorothy GreyMirror, Original Puff 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCigarette CaseTooled Stripes, Sterling Silver, Yellow & Pink Gold, Marked Napier, 5 x 3 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCigarette CaseTooled Exterior, Monogram Reserve, Gold Wash Interior, Sterling, 7 x 3 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCigarette CaseSilver, Chased Flowers, Scrolling, Monogram, Japan, 6 x 3 1/4 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsCigarette CaseEnameled Dogs, Sand Dune, Sterling Silver, Gold Wash Interior, 4 3/4 x 3 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsChromeRed Rhinestone, Mirror, Puff, Powder, Jules Richard, c.1920, 2 x 1 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 CompactsChromeEnamel Flower Disc, Chain Handle, Engraved, c.1925, 3 x 2 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price


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