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This lovely chatelaine compact is in excellent condition and could be used again today. Original blush cake, blush puff and powder cake are inside, but easily removed with a small knife - without damaging the piece. Mirror is perfect, compact itself and detail are exquisite and gorgeous. Please note the original chatelaine (chain) is missing from the bottom of the compact, but could of course you could attach one on your own. Actual compact measures 2-1/2" diameter and 1" in depth. Powder cake container 2-5/8" across. Blush cake opening measures 1-1/2". Clasp is secure.

Chatelaine is a French word meaning female owner, or wife of the owner, of a large home. They were worn as belt hooks by well-to-do ladies of the house. The chains that hung from the chatelaine were to hold useful household items the lady might need such as scissors, keys, thimbles, etc. Chatelaines were also used in the 19th century by housekeepers who needed such items handy in their work.

Beautiful Victorian dance compact in gold with guilloche detail and original makeup, patent date 1916


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 20 people