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Vintage Compact  Paul Flato Powder Compact Mirror Compact  Lucky Compact 1940s  Very Good Condition

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This is a circa 1940s Powder Compact by Paul Flato. The "Lucky Compact" features a brushed satin gold tone top with a raised horseshoe and stamped figures of horseshoes, 4 leaf clovers, stars and wishbones. The four sides have a high polish gold tone finish. The bottom is a brushed satin gold tone finish. There is some very minor scuffing on the bottom of the compact; and the top exhibits some age related wear, and some tarnishing on the front leading edge above the clasp. Inside, the glass mirror exhibits some light hazing and a pin point speck of silver loss, but your image is still clear. The powder compartment door is hallmarked "FLATO" on the lower right side (see Photo #4). The powder well is clean. This unusual compact measures 2 1/2 inches across by 2 1/4 inches deep by 7/16 inch thick. Additional information about the designer follows.

Additional Information about the jeweler by ENID NEMY
Published: July 23, 1999

Paul Flato, the innovative American jeweler whose diamonds were worn by Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Merle Oberon, died July 17, 1999 in a nursing home in Fort Worth. He was 98. In the 1930's, he counted both socialites and movie stars as clients and his creations were seen in a number of films. Flato jewels adorned Merle Oberon in ''That Uncertain Feeling,'' Rita Hayworth in ''Blood and Sand'' and Greta Garbo in ''Two-Faced Woman.''

Mr. Flato began his career as a watch salesman in New York in the early 1920's and soon opened his own jewelry business on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Within a short time he was one of the best known jewelers in New York.

''He was the first of the major American jewelers to do highly imaginative work on a par with European jewelers,'' said Penny Proddow, a jewelry historian and co-author with Marion Fasel of several books including ''A Century of Spectacular Jewelry'' (1996). ''He would take his ideas to his four designers -- they were his hands -- and they would go on from there to his workshop.''

This rare original Paul Flato compact would make a spectacular addition to someone's collection of 1940s Hollywood Regency womens vanity items, or an interesting and unusual display piece.

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Vintage Compact Paul Flato Powder Compact Mirror Compact Lucky Compact 1940s Very Good Condition


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: Alloy Metal, mirror, powder, glass mirror
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