Compact

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Art Deco Ivory and Gold Compact.
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A compact is an accessoire that allows women to carry face powder and a mirror in their handbag or pocket. Contemporary compacts conceal all manner of cosmetics, but originally they were designed to hold powder. They came in all shapes; round, octagonal, square, rectangular and figural to name a few. Sometimes they were built into a hand bag or were part of a minaudière along with lipstick and other "essential" items. They could be concealed in bracelets, hatpins, rings and pendants and were made of a variety of materials from gold to plastic. Enamel, lacquer, gemstones, engraving and many more decorative techniques were applied to creating the myriad of compacts that have been available since the Victorian era.

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Van Cleef and Arpels Ballerina Cigarette Case and Compact.
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Open View of Van Cleef and Arpels Ballerina Cigarette Case and Compact.
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Art Deco Ivory and Gold Compact.
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Open View of Art Deco Ivory and Gold Compact.
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Victorian Gold Compact with Wrist Strap.
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Open View of Victorian Gold Compact with Wrist Strap.
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Italian Emerald, 18K Yellow Gold Compact, Circa 1950's.
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Open View of Italian Emerald, 18K Yellow Gold Compact, Circa 1950's.
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Art Deco Enameled Powder Box.
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Open View of Art Deco Enameled Powder Box.
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Victorian Jeweled Compact.
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Open View of Victorian Jeweled Compact.
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Tiffany & Co. Enamel Compact and Lipstick.
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Open View of Tiffany & Co. Enamel Compact and Lipstick.
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Art Deco Black Enamel Compact with Gemstone Motif.
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Art Deco Black Enamel Compact with Gemstone Motif.
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French Art Deco Compact with Black Enamel.
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Open View of French Art Deco Compact with Black Enamel.
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English Peacock Motif Compact.
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Open View of English Peacock Motif Compact.
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Puffed Gold Basket Weave Compact.
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Open View of Puffed Gold Basket Weave Compact.
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Retro Gold and Ruby Compact.
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Open View of Retro Gold and Ruby Compact.
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Engraved Silver Compact.
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Open View of Engraved Silver Compact.
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Guilloche Enamel Compact & Lipstick, F&B.
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Open View of Guilloche Enamel Compact & Lipstick, F&B.
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Boucheron 18k and Sterling Minaudiere.
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Open View of Boucheron 18k and Sterling Minaudiere.
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Art Deco Enameled Compact with Carved Jade.
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Open View of Art Deco Enameled Compact with Carved Jade.
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Volupte Gold Rectangular Vanity Compact.
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Open View of Volupte Gold Rectangular Vanity Compact.
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