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Considered one of, if not the most iconic Woodworth compact case, this highly collectible small Art Deco compact powder was produced by the Scovill Manufacturing Company for CB Woodworth’s Sons of New York and Paris, under the Karess (perfume) line.

Made in 1928, it was one of only two created in this style; the company was purchased by another shortly afterwards in 1930.

On the slightly domed lid, in celluloid, is a stylized glossy graphic of a woman smelling a flower; this sits under a cut-out of silvertone. A lovely etched design is on the bottom of the compact.

The hinge works and the clasp tightens the lid to the base, but does not quite catch all the way. The mirror under the lid, with slight areas of discoloration, is intact, with no cracks. Around the mirror is stamped 'New York WOODWORTH Paris' at the top and 'KARESS' at the bottom.

The blue puff, with 'Karess' written in script, is a bit flat and worn. There is just a bit of powder remaining, and on the under-plate, which appears to be removable, is some light rust.

Measures 1 3/4" (4.4 cm) in diameter and 1/4" (0.6 cm) deep.

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Karess Woodworth Art Deco Compact Powder, 1928, Rare


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: silvertone, cotton puff, celluloid, metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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