This is an old compact that holds fingernail manicuring accessories. The small compact is quite sharp with a the striped black and gold cylinder. Clipped over the tube is the original celluloid identification tag which is seldom found on one of these. It defines this as a No. MS17X compact which had a retail price of $2.50 with a 1924 patent date. Powder polish and nail white dispensers are in either end of the cylinder and the direction explain how the two were to be used. The buffer pad is kept clean by keeping the metal side out when it is not being used. When it is removed to turn the chamois side out, the compartment holding the additional accessories is revealed. It has a metal file and a small emery board but the wood manicure stick is missing. This wonderful, little grooming tool was made by The Wahl Co. of Chicago that made Eversharp pencils and Wahl pens. It comes with its original instruction sheet and box.
The compact measures about 3 5/8” long by ½” by 7/8” and is in very good condition with minimal wear. As previously stated, the manicure stick is missing but otherwise it is complete. The instruction sheet is in good condition with minor crease wear and soiling. The box measures about 3 3/8” by 1 3/8” by ¾” and overall it is in good condition with minor edge and corner wear. The original foiled label on the top is worn and difficult to read.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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