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It is exquisite with a silk material cover on both side, a brass weaved handle, unused compact with puff and Evans hang tag, lighter marked Evans, original comb, all teeth present, and coin holder. There is a section to put your favorite lipstick. The condition is basically unused, with just a little wear here and there to the brass on the outside. I can send more photos if requested. It is quite elegant and hard to find! An excellent collectible! Minaudiere is french for feminine, and that it is!

Measurements: Bag: 5.5" x 3.5" x 2". Handle: 9.25" x 3/4".

The Evans Case Company of N. Attleboro, MA., one of the most prolific producers of high quality compacts and carryalls, as well as cigarette lighters and cases, hollowware, costume jewelry, handbags and other products. The company began about 1918 as the Evans Novelty Company making picture frames and neck chains for dog tags for the U.S. Army. Shortly thereafter the company secured its first contract to manufacture powder compacts from United Drug Co. The company is well known for its development of durable and high quality enamel surfaces. During WWII the company also manufactured cluster bombs, surgical instruments, precision parts for aircraft engines, radar components and fuses for artillery shells! Along with Volupté, this company dominated the carryall market in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Vintage 1940s Deco EVANS Minaudiere Carryall Purse


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: brass, silk
  • Only ships within United States.
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