This is a gorgeous Elgin American Powder Compact with a sports motif on the top and a symbolic thermometer in the center. Each of the four panels depict female athletes involved in sports such as tennis, golf, high diving, figure skating, skiing, and equestrian horseback riding. The top left and the bottom right panels with all of the characters are mirror polished while the opposite panels machine brushed for a dazzling contrast. This is a beautiful, eye catching compact.
Elgin American, founded in the 1870's from the Illinois Watch Case Company of Elgin, Illinois, started making compacts as the watch case industry began to decline in the 1940's. Not to be confused with the famous Elgin National Watch Company, also from Elgin, Illinois, Elgin American made compacts in the U.S.A. until the 1950's and from then on, they were made in Japan. This is a U.S. made, 1940's original.
Open the lid and the powder well is empty and spotless clean as it never had powder. There is no pad however, pads are available. The mirror is clean and clear with just a touch of fogging on the edges as the mirror frame is not present. All in all, the brass is clean with no tarnish or pitting. The bottom is clean with no dents and has the fine scratches in the enamel which is virtually invisible as the pictures show very well.
Look closely and you can see that this is an absolutely beautiful compact that will bring many compliments and is very useful today. It is indeed, a fine, genuine collectible.
The dimensions are 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1/4 D.
As always, this fine compact will come to you shipped with the utmost care via USPS Priority Mail or your choice of shippers indicated with insurance. Never a handling charge, just the exact shipping to your zip code. I ship all over the world and will gladly combine shipping on multiple purchases.
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A true 1940's vintage American classic.
Vintage 1940's Elgin American Sports Motif Powder Compact