This basket-shaped box is one of the strangest compacts we've ever seen. The top looks enticing enough with a circle of blue enamel flowers with a rhinestone in each center. The recessed ring on the lid is home to a lady bug with a pearl between its wings. The basket handle swings up or down so you can open the box.
Inside the lid is a mirror...slightly cloudy but still very functional to see your gorgeous self. The bottom of the box has the sateen paper liner that you find in many vintage compacts. But then...here's the mystery. When you lift up the paper liner there's about 1/4 inch hole in the brass there that leads to the base of the box. There's nothing in it. There's no way to get to it that we can find. It's just a false brass bottom to nothing.
The basket box measures 2 1/4 inches across the widest. It's 1 3/4 inches high to ladybug. With the handle in the up position, the basket measures 2 1/2 inches high.
There's slight wear to the ladybug and pearl but the flowers all look good. The handle swings freely. The box closes with a secure snap. The bronze-tone brass has a beautiful glossy patina with a design of various waves etched in the metal. There are no dents or dings. Just a little mystery to ponder as you powder. (Makes a pretty little pillbox too.)
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