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Compact, Mirror, Image Frame & Secret Stash Compartment. Vintage Upcycled Stratton. Gorgeous. Useful. Change the Image As Often As You Like.

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Vintage Compact Stratton. Upcycled Mirror, Image Frame & Secret Stash Compartment. Store love notes, locks of hair or small sentimental keepsakes; much the same as you would in a locket.

I adore Stratton compacts ~ the scalloped edges are gorgeous, they epitomise vintage glamour, they feel beautiful in the palm of your hand, they are great gadgets (for all the gadget and steampunk girls out there) and they are still useful today. Every handbag needs an elegant slim compact mirror.

I have always loved them but looking at the empty powder section made me sad. There was a sense of loss as if part of the compact had become redundant and was no longer able to fulfil its purpose. I set to thinking about how I could upcycle compacts giving them new life and relevance today. I didn't have to think for long!

~~~ The Compact Mirror, Image Frame with Secret Stash Compartment ~~~

We all love carrying a image of our loved ones on our phones and now you can carry one with your mirror as well. Images are securely cradled in the powder section and to change them simply pop open the guard (see image 4), remove the clear plastic protective cover and add your new image. There is room to store quite a few images so you can change them often. What can I say; some days you may love your dog more than your husband! Or you could store love notes, locks of hair or small keepsakes. Much the same as you would in a locket.

The old powder compartment is also great for storing that spare house key, secret stash of money, headache tablets, safety pins, breath mints etc. For all you single girls with a life, I can think of something else that would fit perfectly in the secret stash compartment.

~~~ Gift Suggestions ~~~

Instead of an image you could write a note or question such as 'Will you Marry Me?" and hide the ring inside.

Use the frame for a positive affirmation note.

A lovely Mothers Day Gift with a photo of the kids and a note from each one inside. Or you could have the interior engraved.

A lovely Matron of Honour Gift with a photo and thank you note.

Grandma may appreciate a photo of a grandchild in an item she can actually use rather than another dust collecting frame.

If you can think of some more suggestions let me know and I will add them to the list!

The compact has been thoroughly cleaned, polished and sterilised. It is in very good vintage condition for its 50+ years. There are a few faint scratches but nothing major as you can see in the images. All the hinges work perfectly and it snaps closed with a crisp secure 'click'. When closed the lid and base are firmly together and there is no wobble. There is the faintest hint of the copper base metal visible on the base rim and edges just beside the opening clasp (see image 4). It is only visible under magnification but I like to mention every detail. Stamped Stratton England Pat. 764125

A gorgeous quality vintage gift to spoil yourself or someone you love. I love this one because it reminds me of beautiful ornate hand engraved sterling silver card cases.

The compact will come exquisitely gift wrapped. Let me know if you would like a gift card attached or a message inside the compact.

Compact, Mirror, Image Frame & Secret Stash Compartment. Vintage Upcycled Stratton. Gorgeous. Useful. Change the Image As Often As You Like.


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Metal, Mirror, Silver Tone Metal, Gold Tone Metal
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
  • Feedback: 142 reviews
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