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I am offering today, a 1951 Dorcet gold and red powder compact. It has a gold plated body and a red enamel top. The compact is in very good condition with a few wear marks along the sides where one would hold to open. It has a release button to open the cover. A powder puff is in tack and some loose powder remains. This is a very nice addition to anyone's compact collection. It measures 31/4 inches.

History of "The Compact"

Portable pocket mirrors are known from at least the 14th century.

1825 Rouge impregnated papers called Spanish Papers were sold for carrying in pocket or purse, and Examples of chatelaines that include compacts are known from the late 19th century.

1903 Books of powder leaves on special perfumed paper called Papier Poudre, could be carried in the purse. A powder impregnated page from the book could be used to powder the nose and then discarded.

1904 Vickerys Fashionable Square Shaped Solid Gold Chain Bag , fitted with a small detachable chatelaine, included a mirror and puff box.

1909 Plexo face powder, the perfect powder in the perfect box, no mirror, right for carrying in a purse.

1913 A mirror was added and the compact was born.

I hope you enjoyed reading "The history of the Compact" and stop by and visit
The Singing Turtle again.

For those who do not live in the US and are interested in this Compact please, convo me for a shipping quote.

Vintage Red and Gold Dorset Rex of Fifth Avenue Compact...1951


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: plated gold, enamel, cotton puff
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 43 reviews
  • Favorited by: 15 people