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Compact

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 braceletshatpinsrings and pendants and were made of a variety of materials from gold to plasticEnamellacquergemstonesengraving and many more decorative techniques were applied to creating the myriad of compacts that have been available since the Victorian era.