Here is a fantastic vintage Elgin American compact. This extra-large beauty is accented with a fantastic and colorful hand-etched design on the lid and an enormous mirror inside.
The company that got its start as The Elgin National Watch Company was founded in the 1880s and began manufacturing compacts as early as the 1930's.
It would not be long after that all the high-end cosmetic houses would start carrying the elegant compacts.
In 1950, famed surrealist Salvador Dali was commissioned to design a compact for Elgin. The result was wildly successful and established Elgin as a leader in the compact industry.
When we say this compact is big we really mean BIG. It measures four inches in diameter letting you see your whole face in the mirror inside.
The design on the lid is completely gorgeous and features highly-detailed flowers, leaves and a butterfly in reflective rose gold-colored, yellow gold-colored and elegant metallic blue.
The central motif is framed with a pretty "rope" border.
A small push-latch on the front allows the compact to open easily and close securely. When opened, you'll find an enormous mirror, perfect for even the trickiest touch-ups!
The mirror is quite cloudy, but does not exhibit any cracks or scratches.
The powder reservoir is covered by a large, gold-colored lid that is embellished with an absolutely stunning engine-turned design.
Wavy concentric lines radiate from the center of the lid which is stamped "Elgin American, Made in U.S.A.".
When you slide the teeny tab on the side of the lid it pops up revealing a clean, empty powder reservoir.
The engine-turned design can be seen in reverse on the underside of the lid, making for another interesting decoration.
There is a powder-puff inside, though it is not original to the compact.
As you can see, the compact shows some light scuffing on the lid and a few other flea-bite nicks here and there, though it remains in good vintage condition overall.
Compacts are currently some of the most collectible items in the realm of vintage accessories. This beauty is a must-have for the collector in-the-know!
Measurements: Compact is 4" in diameter and 5/8" thick, Mirror is 3 3/8" in diameter Weight: 160.3 grams (5.6 oz)
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