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For your consideration is a Mother of Pearl & Abalone Elgin American carry all compact purse in wonderful vintage condition. The back of this piece has wear that commensurate with its age. The inside shows only light wear. Mirror is clear and intact.

Inside this piece are different compartments. There is a lipstick holder, a compartment for rouge or maybe eye shadow, a compartment for face powder that also bears the title Elgin America on front (see fifth pic) and a small compartment behind the mirror (see fourth pic) for a credit card; some cash and perhaps a house key. That's everything a gal needs!

This compact measures approximately 4 1/4"L x 2 1/2"W x 1"H

To clean your compact, remove powder using a small dry, soft toothbrush or with a Q-tip. The perfume in powder can discolor the lacquer used on the metal. I recommend putting in a new sifter & puff that can be purchased on line. Never use a used powder puff & sifter!! All my compacts are clean!

Use Goo Begone on adhesive labels from metal or glass. Do not scratch or scrape them off. Also, I do not recommend using alcohol to clean compact. It might be harsh on the metal to some of the older pieces

You can clean the mirrors gently with any type glass/mirror cleaner. Please spray onto a cloth and not directly on the mirror. If you spray directly onto the mirror, some might get behind it and loosen it and ruin the reflective coating. The same reason stands for never immersing your compact in water.

Goo Begone is also great for buffing and polishing your compacts. I recommend using a soft cloth.


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Yes. I will only gift wrap powder compacts and purses. Please let me know what the occasion is so I can select the right wrapping paper.
Please be careful when you remove the bubble wrap from your cup & saucer set! This is so not to break the delicate handle.
NEVER immerse your compact in water. Clean the outside with a damp cloth. DO NOT scratch off labels and residue from your compact! Use a drop of goo gone spray gel to remove it. DO NOT let the gel drip down when removing labels and residue from the mirror!
To clean the inside powder bed, remove any powder residue with either a dry Q-tip or a very soft toothbrush. DO NOT wet the powder bed!
Clean the mirror with any type of glass cleaner. Spray a little on a cloth and not directly onto the mirror. This will prevent getting anything behind the mirror, which could loosen it, as well as, ruin the reflective coating.

Elgin American Carry All Compact Purse: Mother of Pearl and Abalone Compact purse- circa 1950's


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Elgin American: Carry-All
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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