This beautiful vintage 1950's Petite Point Compact features a finely embroidered rose design. The tiny (petit) hand embroidery work is finely done on a black background and has a gold tone frame. The zippered compact opens to reveal a beveled mirror on one side and an under screen loose powder compartment on the other.
The compact is marked under the mirror in gold, "WEST GERMANY". It measures 3 3/8 inches across and is less than 1/2 inch slim in thickness.
This compact is in beautiful condition showing little if any signs of use. Original powder, screen and puff. The mirror is clear and unblemished. It is mounted on a white leather lining and is somewhat off center. My guess is that at some point the original glue allowed the mirror to slide. It is not loose and I did not attempt to straighten it. The zipper closure works smoothly.
A beautifully preserved compact that is simply lovely.
HISTORY of Petit Point: During the Victorian, Edwardian eras and the early 20th century, hand worked petit point became a specialty in France, Austria, Germany and Hungary. The finer petit points held at least 900 stitches per square inch, some micro petit points have been known to consist of up to 3,000 stitches per square inch. The term "micro" represents the smallest and finest stitches Today, fine petit point items are esteemed works of art. Still hand made in Austria with many elaborate micro petit point designs selling in the thousands of dollars; their vintage counterparts can be purchased at a much more reasonable cost to the collector. The trick is finding pieces in great condition.
Item ID: V335
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