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

Striking leaf shaped American Beauty compact in super condition. Looks to have been hardly used. Tooled leaves on an engine turned gold tone background with three little glass stones in red, green and blue which have been carved to the shape of bugs. It comes with a pad but no sifter and is signed on the pad and on the inner lid with engine turning on the back. Clasps work well  and it measures approximately 7cms in diameter. Would date this to the late 50s or early 60s. A very striking and collectable compact.

£52.00

COMPACT2

Such a striking compact design. This lovely Coty compact has a funky 60s or 70s sunflower or starburst design but actually dates to the late 30s. Lovely vibrant colours. The compact has been used but is in good vintage condition with no sifter or pad and there is a little give in the hinge. It is marked ‘Coty’ on the bottom along with ‘pressed airspun powder’ and ‘L’Aimant soliel d’or’ and measures approximately 6.5cms in diameter.

£12.00

 
 

COMPACT3

Gorgeous unused Oriental design square 1940s VOGUE VANITIES powder compact. Lovely subtle colours on a gold tone background it comes with it’s original paperwork, sifter and pad. It is in lovely condition having not been used, all the clasps work well and measures approximately 6.4 by 6.4cms.  A really pretty and unusual compact in super condition..

£38.00 Sold

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 VIRGO 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!

Sold£28.00

 
dainty size

 COMPACT5

Lovely little unmarked oval compact with that glitzy look.e WOW! factor. It is covered in amber and clear coloured diamante stones in the form of flowers and also has some flowers done in tiny white glass beads. Lots of filigree work behind. Dainty size to fit into a small handback this probably dates to the 1940s. It is in very good condition with it’s original pad and sifter and the clasp works well. not sure if it has been used or not but if it has been then it must have only been a couple of times. A really neat and unusual compact with that glitzy look which measures approximately 5.5cms by 4.2cms.

£28.00

COMPACT6

Very unusual Stratton compact probably dating to the 1960s or late 50s. The top is done in metallic blue enamel with an all over design in gold tone of flowers, urns and a cherub playing a horn. I personally have never seen this design before. It has not been used and it comes with it’s original sifter with the Stratton label still on the mirror. It has a compact in hand STRATTON mark on the inner lid and STRATTON above the mirror.  To use or a fabulous display piece it measures approximately 7.5cms in diameter.

Sold £25.00

 
 

COMPACT7

Sweet little unused chrome mirror compact with a foil picture of a crynolene lady in a garden on the front and plain black ‘enamel’ on the back. The body of the compact is done in a chrome type metal as is the mirror as was the design with these 1930s Gwenda compacts and it has the classic Gwenda fan shaped clasp. It has it’s oringinal pad and sifter and has never been used so in great condition. Great to keep in your handbag for powder or just for the mirror. Marked Gwenda it measures approximately 5.5cms in diameter.

£32.00 Sold

COMPACT8

Vintage Estee Lauder Zodiac compact from an earlier series of Zodiac compact that they did. It has a tooled bull on the front with little clear diamante stones round one side and under the bull and is for Taurus. It still has it’s original pad and sealed Lucidity powder and has not been used. Signed Estee Lauder inside it measures approximately 5cms in diameter and has its original label on the back. Lovely condition!

£15.00

 
 

 COMPACT9

Fabulous needlework topped powder compact by SCHILDKRAUT who are known for their creative compact tops. The compact is in very good vintage condition with some tiny scratches on the bottom, probably from being laid on a dressing table and some marking/scratching on the inner lid (I think someone has tried to clean it with something abrasive). Apart from that in nice condition especially the needlework top which appears perfect and has neither pad not sifter. Clasps work well and it measures approximately 7cms by 6cms.

£38.00

 COMPACT10

Unusual powder compact with a faux tortoiseshell frame on the top surrounding a reverse carved vase of flowers on a gold background encased in a lucite mound. It is done on gold tone, has neither pad nor sifter and has a crown mark on the inner lid but no makers mark (may be an early MASCOT). In used condition it has a few small spots on the mirror which does not affect it’s reflectiveness, some feint marking around the edge or the inner lid and a tiny dent in the bottom. Displays beautifully and measures approximately 8cms in diameter.

 £18.00

 

COMPACT11

Classic COTY powder puffs design compact said to have been designed by Rene Lalique. Has a few small marks on the front that can be seen in the picture and some marking on the mirror which is still reflective. Marked COTY on the bottom it has neither pad not sifter so empty inside and measures approximately 5cms in diameter.

£10.00

COMPACT12

Fabulous Art deco design baby blue guilloche enamel and silver powder compact. Wonderful engine turned blue deco design colour to the enamel and I can see no damage to it. In lovely condition it is hallmarked stamped ‘Made in England’. There are a full set of hallmarks but these are rubbed at the top so it is difficult to date it exactly but I would date it to the mid 1930s. The rubbed hallmarks are reflected in the price. No sifter or pad. It measures approximately 7cms in diameter.

£85.00

 
silver

COMPACT13

Charming musical compact by KIGU dating, I believe, to the 1950s or 1960s. The silver tone compact (there is a bit of a goldy reflection from the lights) is in good condition with a red and a white rose painted on it. The music is working when you lift the little inside knob (although I could not tell you what the tune is). The inside is gold tone and it comes with an original paper insert, sifter and pad. Looks like it has hardly been used. Catches work well and it is signed Kigu on the inner lid and has the word Concerto on the inside as well. It measures approximately 8.5cms by 7cms.

£28.00

 COMPACT14

Fairly RARE design dog in bubble powder compact by VOGUE VANITIES. It has various shapes and sizes of dogs in ‘bubble’ shapes and is done in two shades of gold tone. Unusual design, not often seen, it dates to the early 1950s. In good condition with only a few small scratches on the base from display and a couple of tiny marks on the inner lid. It has a sifter but no pad, is marked Vogue Vanities on the inner lid and measures approximately 7.5cms in diameter.

Sold £20.00

 
 

COMPACT15

Silver tone VERSACE eye shadow duo compact with the trademark Versace head in the centre of the lid, encased in a dome. Comes with brown and rosy beige coloured eye shadow and two brushes. This compact is very stylish, is in good condition with only a few feint scratches from use (the dark marks on the front are my shadow) and measures approximately 7.5cms in diameter.

£10.00

COMPACT16

Fabulous quality enamel and mosaic topped powder compact by SCHILDKRAUT who are known for their creative compact tops. The compact is in very good vintage condition with some tiny dings on the bottom, probably from being laid on a dressing table and some bits of silvering loss on the mirror (possibly due to a bit of damp). The original label is still on the corner of the mirror which states ‘Kyoto Original by Schildkraut, hand engraved, Mother of pearl’. Apart from that in nice condition especially the mosaic around the edge of the top which appears to be done with tiny squares of abalone/mother of pearl shell which catch the light for that iridescent look. It has a pad no sifter, the clasps work well and it measures approximately 7cms by 6cms.

This Item is On Hold£35.00

 
 

COMPACT17

Sweet little unusual chrome mirror compact with a striking picture of four iridescent poppy like flowers on the front and herring bone engine tooling on the back. The body of the compact is done in a chrome type metal as is the mirror as was the design with these 1930s compacts and I believe that the flowers are done in blue and dyed butterfly wing. It has it’s oringinal pad but no sifter and looks  never to have been used so in great condition. There is a slight marking/loss of colour to the black background in the top right hand corner as can be seen in the picture the other pale marks are reflection. Great to keep in your handbag for powder or just for the mirror. Unmarked it measures approximately 5cms by 4.7cms.

£38.00 Sold

COMPACT18

Classic design Guerlain ‘Les Metiorites Voyage” powder compact. It is described on the back as a powder compact but I would say it is more of an eye shadow compact as it has jade green, pink, white, peach and lilac powder inside run all together in a patchwork design. It has never been used so is in lovely condition apart from signs of wear on the bottom where I think someone has kept it on a dressing table. This is quite a sought after iconic design and it measures approximately 7cms in diameter.

 £40.00

 

COMPACT19

Great square WW2 themed compact by VOGUE VANITIES with a fabulous design depicting romantic scenes from during WW2 on the lid. Men in uniform and their sweethearts stroll, dance and dine with coctail shakers, champagne etc around them. Inside it has a powder well with oringinal pad and sifter and it has seen little use so is in great condition. It is done on goldtone with an engine turned design on the bottom. Signed on the inner lid, the clasps work well and it measures approximately 6.5cms by 6.5cms.

£28.00 Sold

COMPACT20

Fabulous stylised ESTEE LAUDER Zodiac series solid perfume compact. I think that this one is possibly Virgo.The solid perfume fragrance is pleasures although I don’t think it will be usable anymore. The design is embellished with small clear diamante stones and the clasp has diamante stones on it too. The compact is in good conditionand it measures approximately 4cms by 3.8cms. I also have several other signs in this series available – please email for photos.

£15.00