This little red and gold striped French powder box that includes a puff and filter but no powder was quite a sensation for its time. French magazine ads as early as 1918 through the 1920’s touted that Poudre Nilde, the powder in the box “tamis” (with a sieve) was available at the parfumerie at 51 Rue du Rocher in Paris and for sale in the grand magasins of Paris as well.
This is a delightful and unusually designed box. It measures 2” in diameter. It is made from heavy card covered with patterned papers of red and gold stripes bordered and centered with stylized pink roses and black dots. A cardboard rim decorated with the same roses edges the bottom of the box and it has two metal rings that enable the rim to be lifted to add more powder. Under the puff, you find the “sieve” that manages the amount of powder that adheres to the puff. Such a great notion! Inside the lid there is a label detailing the contents and their use.
The powder box is in good condition for its age. There is a small paper loss on the edge by one of the inside brass rings but it has no splits, dents, damage or heavy wear, just a little light age wear from years of use. The lid fits perfectly and the colors on the box are bright. Please examine the pictures and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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1920's French Powder Box with Puff - Poudre Nilde Paris