Powder Compacts

Although early examples can date back to the 1920s, compacts started to become widely used in the mid 1930s. Their popularity peaked from the 1940s to around the late 60s at which time disposables with refill blocks began to take over as more convenient. There are hundreds of different designs and makers available, making compact collecting extremely interesting in its variety. Novelty compacts such as the Kigu ‘Flying Saucer’ and the Schuco animals command a premium but there are many reasonably priced compacts out there to start or expand your collection. For additional information about powder compact books consult our useful information section. If you require any further photos of any of the compacts listed please email us. Powder Compacts 1

COMPACT1

Stunning Stratton ballet compact in super condition. Looks to have been hardly used. On a beautiful metallic blue background it is signed ‘Baron’ at the bottom. It comes with a sifter, which has been used and measures approximately 7.5cms in diameter. Would date this to the late 50s or early 60s. A very striking and collectable compact.

£55.00 

COMPACT2

Such a striking compact design. This lovely Coty compact has a funky 60s or 70s swirl design but actually dates to the late 30s. Lovely vibrant colours with a shield design in gold tone in the middle. The compact has been used but is in good condition and it still has its original Coty pad and godet of powder. It is marked ‘Coty’ on the bottom and measures approximately 6.5cms in diameter.

£34.00

 
 

COMPACT3

Fabulous American 1930s or 40s compact almost certainly by LA MODE but unmarked. It has a beautiful guilloche top of pale yellow enamel with a blue centre and pink roses painted onto it. The sides are tooled and the back has a gold tone coating. Inside it has it’s original five sided sifter, with a chrome mirror in the lid and the original rouge and pad behind the mirror. It is in lovely condition with just a few feint scuffs on the base (if viewed through a glass) as if it has been on someone’s dressing table (mentioned for accuracy only). The compact measures approximately 6cms in diameter. A really pretty and unusual compact.

£78.00

COMPACT4

Beautiful Estee Lauder Erte designed zodiac compact. Fabulous enamel work on this series with exposed silver tone metal work showing through as part of the pattern and finished off with little diamantes down both sides of two corners. This design is TAURUS and is ready to use – Estee Lauder refills, I believe, are available from most large department stores. It is in like new condition and comes with a pouch. I have other zodiac signs in this series so please email for details. It measures approximately 7cms by 5.5cms at its widest and is signed ‘Estee Lauder’ inside. Superb quality!

£40.00

 

 COMPACT5

Great unmarked compact with the WOW! factor. Although it is unmarked it is typical of the compacts produced in America by Weisner of Miami. It is covered in faux pearls with and outline of clear diamante stones and a row of pale blue facet cut rectangurla baguettes down eack side. The mirror is bevelled and has a little bit of discolouration right at the edge and a miniscule chip right in one corner none of which affects it’s usability at all. Apart from that it is in very good condition, with only a few feint scuffs on the base (if viewed through a glass) as if it has been on someone’s dressing table (mentioned for accuracy only). It has an inner lid but no sifter.  A really neat and unusual compact with that glitzy look which measures approximately 7.5cms by 6cms.

£48.00

COMPACT6

Very pretty Stratton Queen compact. The top is done in white enamel with pink roses up it and is signed ‘FRIKA’. In good except for the mirror which has some fogging although you can still see yourself in it. The price reflects (no pun intended) the fact that you may wish to have a new mirror put into the compact. It comes with it’s original sifter, is a convertable and is signed ‘Stratton’ on the bottom with the pattern number 764125 on the inner rim.  To use or a fabulous display piece it measures approximately 8cms in diameter.

 £10.00

 
 

COMPACT7

Sweet little chrome compact with guilloche enamelling in the centre. The colours and quality of the enamel orchid is wonderful and it almost has that 3D look to it. The body of the compact is done in a chrome type metal and it comes with it’s original sifter. I don’t think this one has ever been used so in great condition. Great to keep in your handbag for powder or just for the mirror. Unmarked it measures approximately 5.5cms in diameter.

£38.00

COMPACT8

Unusual sports themed compact by ELGIN AMERICAN. Lovely square compact with enamelling to the back (plain cream) and front with lots of different sporting equipment on it. The body of the compact, which is in very good condition, is done in gold tone. This compact looks barely, if at all, used and comes with its original Elgin American pad. It has a tooled inner lid which has Elgin American in the middle of it and measures approximately 7cms square. Unusual design and lovely condition!

Sold£45.00

 
 

 COMPACT9

Very pretty KIGU ‘Bouquet’ basket compact with reverse carved roses on the top. This is a classic design which can be found in many of the Compact books and has a swing handle. The top is done as a facet cut clear plastic dome shape with peach and white reverse cut roses in it and the whole compact is in good condition. The basket shape itself is in gold tone and is tooled. In side the compact is marked ‘KIGU’. A rare opportunity to obtain one of the classics, it measures approximately 5cms in diameter and 5.5cms tall with the handle raised.

£58.00 Sold

 COMPACT10

Unusual powder compact with a detail from what looks like a fairytale of some sort in the top. It is done in gold tone and has the picture in the lid which is covered with a clear plastic protective layer. The compact does not have a makers mark and is in very good condition. It comes with its original sifter, which does not look to have been used, but no pad (I’m not sure that it ever had one). It measures approximately 8.5cms in diameter.

 £28.00

 

COMPACT11

Fabulous glitzy ESTEE LAUDER powder compact. Covered in a sunray of clear rectangular diamante stones, interspersed with gold diamante stones and small lime green stones (which are also round the central opaque dark jade green stone). There are also some little blue diamante stones around the edge of the compact. The body is done in silver tone metal and it is marked ‘Estee Lauder’ around the inner rim. Useable today as I believe that the powder godets are still available from the Estee Lauder counter, this would be a welcome addition to your handbag. In great condition it measures approximately 6cms in diameter.

£38.00 Sold

COMPACT12

Fabulous RARE yellow guilloche enamel and silver powder compact. Wonderful yellow colour to the enamel (slightly darker than in the picture) which is difficult to find as yellow enamel is apparently one of the most difficult colours to fire. In wonderful condition it is hallmarked for Birmingham 1946/47 and makers mark for Joseph Gloster Ltd. Comes with a sifter and a puff – may not be original as most silver and enamel compacts came without either. Simply stunning and very unusual colour. It measures approximately 6.5cms in diameter.

Sold£195.00

 

COMPACT13

Pretty Plastic compact, probably American circa 1950s or 1960s. The compact is in good condition with ivory coloured plastic (ivorine) and a pale green central insert on the fron with flowers and a butterfly embossed on it. Comes with a sifter and pad – pad may not be original. Nice Octagonal shape it is not marked in any way. It measures approximately 9.25cms in diameter.

£25.00

 COMPACT14

Unusual and RARE Festival of Britain powder compact by STRATTON. It has the Festival of Britain logo all over interspersed with little gold coloured fluer de lys. Unusual design, not often seen, it dates to the early 1950s. In great condition with its original sifter it only has the three little marks that can be seen in the photos to note and these are much more obvious in the photo than they are in real life. It measures approximately 9cms in diameter and is marked ‘Stratton’ on the inner rim. A chance to get a rare one.

Sold £50.00

 
 

COMPACT15

Lovely little Stratton Petite powder compact by STRATTON. Only made for a few years this shape of compact is not seen as often as Statton’s other shapesThis one is covered in Mother of Pearl tiles. It is done on gold tone, comes with its original pad and is a self opener (inner lid pops open when the compact is opened further than 90 degrees). The compact is very stylish, is in good condition and measures approximately 6.5cms in diameter.

£30.00

COMPACT16

Extremely pretty reverse carved powder compact by KIGU. It has a sort of sparkley mesh background with lovely lilacy pink reverse carved roses on the front with their leaves. Very effective it is done on gold tone and comes with its original sifter. It is marked ‘Kigu’ in the centre of the tooled inner lid and is in very good condition. It measures approximately 6cms in diameter and with it’s fabulous vibrant colours it displays beautifully.

£48.00

 
 

COMPACT17

Very elegant oval powder compact which is very nice quality, with it’s original pad and an inner lid. The top has a wonderful guilloche enamelled picture of a courting couple surrounded by a deep aqua coloured frame. In overall good condition with some scuffing on the back and some finsh loss around the hinge. A pretty and unusual compact this displays beautifully.  There is some reflection on the photo. It measures approximately 7.5cms by 5.25cms and is unmarked.

£36.00

COMPACT18

Pretty rectangular lucite powder compact made to look like mother of pearl. Lovely shading to the lucite which has a slightly pinkish tinge, with a bunch of raised flowers and some small diamante stones inset. It is in good used condition with a little bit of scuffing and marking on the base. The mirror is clear and it has an inner lid and it’s original pad. It is not marked but I believe that this is an American compact from the late 40s or early 50s. A sweet little compact for your collection, it measures approximately 7cms by 6cms and is quite heavy.

 £45.00

 

COMPACT19

Stunning rectangular compact by HOUBIGANT with a fabulous deco design on the lid. Inside it has a powder well with oringinal pad, a rouge well and a little inset original lipstick which has a spring mechanism underneath so that you can get it out easily. The mirror is clear but has a couple of small spots on it and a chip out of the corner – I have allowed for getting the mirror replaced in the price. The bottom has some slight marking to it. I would say that this is in good used condition and is a book piece which is quite rare. They did this particular desing in orange, green and blue as well as this lovely yellow which is brighter than in the photo. Signed on the back of the lipstick. Definitely one for the collection it measures approximately 8.3cms by 5cms.

£98.00 Sold

COMPACT20

Rarer than the round version this rectangular powder compact by Vogue Vanities has a sort of satin like finish. It is covered with an all over Eastern design and has an inner lid and original sifter. The mirror is clear apart from one little blemish to the side and the rest of the compact is in good condition. It measures approximately 9cms by 6cms.

£18.00

COMPACT21

Striking ELGIN AMERICAN powder compact which is done in stunning cerise pink enamel with gold tone inlay. It is a saddle shape and is very tactile. In good condition it has a signed inner lid which has a touch of verdigree which may well clean of, and the origninal pad which has been used. The back is plain cerise pink enamelling and the black round the flowers at the bottom is due to my shadow and is not there in real life – the design is all crisp and clear.  The compact measures approximately 8.5cms at it’s widest by 7cms.

£55.00 Sold

COMPACT22

Gorgeous STRATTON compact with Persian cats. In good used condition it has its original sifter but no pad and is a convertable. On a beautiful metallic blue background the cats really stand out and it measures approximately 8cms in diameter. Signed on the mirror rim. Would date this to the late 50s or early 60s. A very striking and collectable compact..

£45.00

 
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COMPACT23

Very unusual powder compact which has a huge lucite faux facet cut gem stone inset into the lid and is surrounded by a gold tone rim studded with clear diamante stones. As you can see this has been well used and there is some marking around the rim but all the stones are present and the rest of the compact is in good used condition. The condition is reflected in the price. It has an inner lid and its original sifter but no pad and no makers mark. I have also seen this done in red.  The compact measures approximately 7.5cms in diameter.

£12.00

COMPACT24

Striking and unusual triangular compact done in black and gold tone with a sort of satin like finish which I believe may be by LA MODE but there is no makers mark. The back is plain black and the sides are tooled. Inside it has a pad (not original), an inner lid and a chrome mirror in the lid with the original rouge and pad behind the mirror. The compact is in good, used, condition and it measures approximately 6cms in diameter.

£35.00

 
 

COMPACT25

Stunning ESTEE LAUDER ‘Golden Jewel’ powder compact in it’s original box and outer with pouch. The compact has been used and is empty but has it’s original pad. There are a couple of tiny marks on the mirror which do not interfere in any way with its use. Useable today as I understand that the transparent pressed powder godets are still available from the Estee Lauder counter, this would be lovely to carry about in your handbag and is sure to get the compliments.  The compact measures approximately 5.5cms in diameter.

£35.00 This Item is On Hold

COMPACT26

Great all round book for compact collectors. Written by Juliette Edwards of the British Compact Collectors Society it is now out of print and contains lots of useful information about compacts and an indication of value at the time of going to press. The book has 64 pages and lots of colour photos and contains sections on Art Deco, Stratton, plastics, novelties and many more. This copy is in very good used condition.

£14.00

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