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This sale is for a vintage ladies powder compact, part of a large batch of new/old stock dating from the 1960s.
These are wonderful collectible items typical of the Mad Men era in more or less mint unused condition. Excellent for adding to a collection of vintage vanity items, for display or use.
This vintage piece came from a manufacturer’s warehouse where they have been in storage for many years. These pieces are unused, never having been on the market. They were sample pieces and date in style from the 1960's or before. However there are no manufacturing labels, identifying marks or anything I could find on the individual pieces.
CONDITION: unused but may have minor scratches from being in storage.
SIZE: 2½ x 3 ins (6 x 7.5 cms).
DATE: 1950s to 1960s
This is a compact whose base material is brass. The lid is brass and has an opaque light grey Lucite cover with a very pretty iridescent effect swirled mother of pearl effect. It is further enriched with a modernist leafy type design in gold glittery enamel.
Inside the lid is a mirror. The hinge is not loose and works well. The closure snaps shut and works well. There is no powder puff or sifter.
Lucite is a diverse material, appearing in many forms, colours and styles in jewelry from the 1940's on, although it was most popular during the '40's and '50's. It is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic. This is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted down and reformed.
Although clear in its original state, Lucite can be tinted virtually any colour, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a few interesting variations along the way. One of these is so-called Confetti Lucite. This is basically a transparent form of Lucite with chips or glitter resembling metallics, mother of pearl or even rhinestones encased so that they appear to float in the material.
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