1950's Kigu England Collectible Compact with Faux Tortoiseshell Finish
The compact is one in a series of twenty-seven from the 1950's. This style is called “Venus” Model 70-31. It is a stellar example of Kigu style and quality.
The first Kigu compact was created by Gustav Kiashek, a second generation silver and goldsmith from Hungary.
By 1947, Gustav’s oldest son George, moved to England and started selling the product under the tagline “Compacts of Character”.
As you can see, the lid features a gorgeous mottled sienna-red finish, resembling classic tortoiseshell.
A simple push-latch on the front of the compact allows it to easily open and close securely.
There is a large, clear mirror on the underside of the lid framed in gold-tone metal. There are several maker’s marks stamped into the metal which “Patented” and “Kigu, Made in England”.
There is a thin gold-tone disc that lies above the powder reservoir; it features demure linear decoration. The “KIGU” logo can be seen in the center.
A small tab toward the right of this small lid can be moved to the side, allowing it to pop open on a hinge and reveal the powder reservoir underneath.
The original pink and white powder screen is still contained within the reservoir.
The underside of the compact has a really nice stamped cross-hatched pattern that just feels lovely on the fingertips.
The compact is quite substantial and really speaks of fantastic quality.
The compact shows very minimal wear and only some light surface scratching.
Overall, it is in great vintage condition.
Kigu compacts are some of the most collectible, and this beauty is definitely one of the best we’ve seen.
It is a timeless classic.
Measurements: 2 ˝” in diameter, ˝” thick Weight: 61.6 grams (2.17 oz)
Item ID: 6050
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