This is an interesting 1950s / 1960s vintage compact – which is designed to store loose powder.
It is in good vintage condition and inside it has its original puff and strange sifter accessory.
The top is decorated with a stylized engraved map of California – with all the details picked out in silver and gold tones.
The images describe some California historical sites and events. These are just so sweet.
They include images of a covered wagon with trail-blazers heading west, a girl wearing a bikini, the Golden Gate Bridge. Other geographical sites are referred to - these include Crescent City, Mt. Shasta, Ft. Bragg, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Yosemite, Death Valley, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Palm Beach, and San Diego.
The surface is generally nice and clean with no issues – there are a few slight (and light) scatches on the base – where the compact has been picked up and put down over 60 years. From other examples of this compact that I have seen - it seems to be a common issue with the surface of these.
The mirror inside is generally nice and clean – but there are some light marks around the edges of it – where the old glue on the back of the mirror has discoloured the silvered finish – again, this is commensurate with the age of the compact. It is certainly well over 50 years old!
The hinge works well and it snaps shut securely.
This wee compact was probably brought back to Scotland by someone visiting the States in the late 1950s or 1960s. Although unmarked - it was probably made by the American company, Elgin.
The compact has a large deeper section in the base to store pressed power – and you would get a lot of loose face powder in here.
Dimensions; 2 ¾ inches x 2 1/4 inches. The height is just over ½ inch. (7 x 6 x 1.5 cm)
UK Postage will be £4.95 for Royal Mail Recorded Post and this will be applied at the checkout.