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Vintage Agme Compact Mother of Pearl MOP Goldtone Initials
This vintage compact is signed AGME Made In Switzerland on the inside. It has a lovely softly shimmering, cream colored mother of pearl top with accents of pink and green depending on the light. In the center there is an ornate goldtone recessed rectangle with the initials H S.
The compact looks like the clickable ones made by Agme with allowed the side bars to move and change the initials. The attempt to do this however was not successful and in trying, the bottom of the bar on the right pulled out. There is a small wheel behind the bar that does allow the last initial to be modified however it does not seem like the mechanism to do so using the side bars actually works. The tab that allowed the bar to be pulled out is still there and does not seem to open on its own so we have left it as is to allow for a change of the last initial if the buyer chooses. Once the initial is finalized, we think a drop of crazy glue would hold the bar secure. We have not tried to open the other side and while it seems reasonable to assume there may be a wheel there as well, we cannot confirm this to be the case.
The compact does not appear to have had much if any use. The bevelled mirror and powder sifter are both intact with no signs of prior use and the compact comes with the original gray felt case. The latter has a couple of marks but nothing serious.
The compact measures 3.25 by 2.50 inches. It is in excellent condition, save for the issue with the side bar mentioned previously and we have reduced the price accordingly. If your initials are HS, you could use a touch of glue to secure the side bar on the right. If you first initial is H, it may be possible to open the right bar at the bottom and turn the small wheel to the correct initial, and then secure it with a touch of glue. It is also quite possible that there is a second wheel under the left bar, however we do not want to chance it and will leave that decision to the new owner.
Really a very attractive compact, especially if the HS monogram fits!
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