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1920s Evans Finger Ring Compact, Floral Enamel, Machine Tooled
Elaborate machine tooling and dainty floral enamel work adorn this 1920s white metal compact, with chain and finger ring, by Evans Case Co. There is a cake of rouge in rouge well still covered by original foil. Well for loose powder has a revolving cover. Round puff has a little stitched pocket. There's a small etched bracket on lid to powder well to secure the puff and to serve as a handle for turning lid. Case shuts with a ball latch.
The outside lid bears a cartouche surrounded by intricate stamped and tooled geometrical elements, two fleur de lis, and bright floral enameling. The underside of the case is richly machine tooled as is the finger ring.
Inside of case is signed Evans below the mirror. Also signed May Fair and Evans on foil over rouge well.
The ball latch shuts as if new and the hinge is tight. The last link in the chain next to the finger ring is slightly bent (shown). One tiny nick on the blue enamel in the corner of the white flowers, barely visible. There's some wear to puff; some little blotches on mirror, but it's still clear and reflects well. There is some wear to floor of powder well which shows when open (photo 8) and very minor rubbing to underside of case. All things considered - especially its age - this is a nearly perfect little gem.
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