When you reach in your handbag for your compact, do you pull out the manufacturer's one the makeup came in or do you carry something more personal - maybe even a vintage compact? I rarely wear makeup but I have a vintage compact inherited from my great grandmother that I'm really proud of. In the interest of just brining you something pretty to look at (and maybe get you wishing all modern compacts were just as gorgeous) here are some beautiful vintage compacts.
Table of contents:
- 1. Green Art Deco
- 2. Art Deco Red Breakers
- 3. Art Deco Guilloche Enamel
- 4. Art Nouveau Flower
- 5. Guilloche Enamel "Tango Compact"
- 6. Art Nouveau Birds
- 7. Compact with Clock
- 8. Victorian Compact Mirror
- 9. Vintage Limoges
- 10. Deco Red Enameled
- 11. Phone Compact
- 12. Silver Tone Powder Compact Purse with Chain and Finger Ring
- 13. Malachite Compact
- 14. Guilloche Enamel & Marcasite
- 15. 1950s Metal Compact
- 16. Kewpie Flapper
- 17. French Enamel
- 18. Gold Art Deco
- 19. Compact Mirror
- 20. Enameled Silver
- 21. Floral Rose
- 22. BAKELITE ROSES
- 23. Chatelaine
- 24. 1960's Compact
- 25. Continental SOLID SILVER
- 26. Deco Roses
- 27. Bird in Hand
- 28. Celluloid
- 29. Heart
- 30. Art Deco PINK & Black
- 31. Stratton Airliner
- 32. Cornflower
- 33. Gold Stars
- 34. Cameo
- 35. Atkinson's Compact
- 36. Brown Compact
- 37. Pink Lucite
- 38. Yellow Pansies
- 39. Chinese Vase
- 40. Black Enamel
- 41. Victorian Hand Fan and Powder Compact
- 42. Red Jeweled Heart
1 Green Art Deco
Via Let Me Powder My Nose
When it comes to vintage compacts, Art Deco was definitely the golden age. Art Deco was a style of the 1920s-1940s characterized by bold colors and geometric lines.
2 Art Deco Red Breakers
Via Red breakers
Unmistakably Art Deco.
3 Art Deco Guilloche Enamel
Via Early Art Deco Ladies Guilloche ...
Enamel was the most popular material used to decorate compacts in the Art Deco period. Guilloche refers to a specific engine-turned process which engraves the enamel into intricate patterns.
4 Art Nouveau Flower
Via Compact Mirror - Art Nouveau ...
Art Nouveau was the artistic style that preceded Art Deco (1890-1920) and its main characteristic was the use of stylized organic forms.
5 Guilloche Enamel "Tango Compact"
Via The Romance & Art of ...
This style of compact was "carried" by wearing the ring on the finger.
6 Art Nouveau Birds
Via Special Listing for Karen - ...
The Design is "The Swans" by Walter Crane.
7 Compact with Clock
An interesting combination of form and function.
8 Victorian Compact Mirror
Via Unavailable Listing on Etsy
Victorian ladies would have carrying cases that might combine a few functions. This one was a mirror and a calling card case.
9 Vintage Limoges
Via Vintage Limoges Vintage Powder Compacts ...
All sorts of fine arts manufacturers made compacts. The town of Limoges in France has been making enamels since the 12th century and fine porcelain since the 19th century.
10 Deco Red Enameled
Via 1061: Deco Red Enameled Compact ...
"Risqué" ladies became quite a feature of the Art Deco period.
11 Phone Compact
Via House of Schiaparelli | Compact ...
Vintage compacts were fun as well as beautiful. This is from the House of Schiaparelli and was made in 1935.
12 Silver Tone Powder Compact Purse with Chain and Finger Ring
Via Vintage Art Deco Compact Purse ...
This is dated to the early 1900s but is undeniably the Art Deco style.
13 Malachite Compact
Via Ornate Malachite Box | 1stdibs.com
This vintage compact of 18k gold, malachite and precious stones from the late 1800s would set you back about $12,000.
14 Guilloche Enamel & Marcasite
Beautiful silver chasing and marcasite complements the jade green.
15 1950s Metal Compact
Via Green Lucite Compact with Sea ...
This is stunning. The glittery seahorse is set into a Lucite surface.
16 Kewpie Flapper
Via *Vintage Silver Art Deco Compact ...
I love how the rhinestones are set into the hat, although the illustration of the hat itself is sadly faded now.
17 French Enamel
Via Unavailable Listing on Etsy
Flowers are a popular decoration on vintage compacts.
18 Gold Art Deco
Via Vintage Compact Mirror Powder, Art ...
The gold and black is so classy.
19 Compact Mirror
Combining two functions in one.
20 Enameled Silver
Via Enameled Silver
This little darling dates to 1905 and was made in Austria.
21 Floral Rose
Made in 1950 from sterling silver.
22 BAKELITE ROSES
Via Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons ...
Bakelite was an extremely strong form of plastic very popular between the 1920s and 1950s.
Via Antique Sterling Silver Guilloche Enamel ...
A chatelaine is a collection of feminine tools usually hung from a belt. It generally held sewing items but this one has a compact too.
24 1960's Compact
Via Restoration: Can you repair my ...
So simple but so beautiful too.
25 Continental SOLID SILVER
Via Items similar to HEAVY Continental ...
If silver is your thing, you'll love this.
26 Deco Roses
Via Vintage Compact Gorham Deco Roses ...
Got $300.00 to spend on a compact? Well it is silver. And it is from the 1930s.
27 Bird in Hand
Via Salvador Dali 'Bird in Hand' ...
This is a Salvador Dali design from the 1950s and would cost you $2,800. It's made from gold plate and silver.
From back in the days when it was fashionable to smoke and it was okay for pictures to show it.
This bears the signature of Fulco di Verdura and was made in 1948. It's made in gold and is set with tourmalines and aquamarines.
30 Art Deco PINK & Black
Via VINTAGE Du Barry RICHARD HUDNUT ...
I like the elongated nature of this as you get to see more of your face.
31 Stratton Airliner
Via Stratton Airliner Compact
Stratton has been one of the most prominent makers of compacts in the UK since 1923. The one pictured is from the 1950s.
Via Evans Cornflower Compact
Made by Evans in the 1930s
33 Gold Stars
Via Vintage Gold Stars Stars Confetti ...
A multitude of gold stars will make you feel like a star.
Via Cameo Compact Russian Hallmarked C ...
Made in Russia between 1935 and 1945
35 Atkinson's Compact
Atkinson was an American company. This compact is tiny and measures 1-1/2 X ¾ Inches.
36 Brown Compact
Via Vintage Compact Evans Compact Silver ...
I don't know which hard stone it is but it works really well with the silver.
37 Pink Lucite
Via Vintage Powder Compact Mirror Case ...
Am seriously in love with the confetti pattern in the Lucite surface.
38 Yellow Pansies
Via SALE Vintage Compact Yellow Pansies ...
Delicate and pretty.
39 Chinese Vase
Via Art Deco Series Day 3 ...
Made in 1927 from gold and platinum and set with emeralds, sapphires, onyx and coral.
40 Black Enamel
Via 1930s Art Deco Powder Compact ...
Another stunning black and silver deco combination.
41 Victorian Hand Fan and Powder Compact
Via Vintage Powder Compacts
If that compact held powder, I'd be worried about it opening and the powder flying everywhere as I wafted my fan about.
42 Red Jeweled Heart
Wouldn't you feel special putting on your red lippy looking in this red celluloid compact?
What do you think of modern plastic compacts now you've seen the variety of stunning vintage compacts?
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