Art Deco - Weidlich Brothers Vanity Beauty Box - Silver-Plated with a beautiful, graceful draped female nude figure holding a mirror. This unique vanity item dates to 1931. The Weidlich Brothers Manufacturing Company was established in Bridgeport, Ct. from 1901 to 1940. Bridgeport was a major city in the early 1900's for metal manufacturers that produced decorative metalware that is highly collectible today.
The Weidlich company received numerous patents for their beautiful Art Nouveau, Art Moderne - Art Deco designs for vanity, jewelry boxes and tabletop silver-plated items. The striking geometric zig-zag design and radiating lines on the top of the lid is classic Art Deco. There was much attention to detail in the design of the draped female figure standing gracefully holding a mirror, if you look carefully you can see what appears to be her eyes, nose and mouth reflected in the mirror. The words "Copyright USA" appears almost hidden in the drapery folds at her feet.
The Weidlich mark appears on the bottom of the lid inside a shield "W B mfg co" the number "684" references the style No. of this item in their 1931 catalog. Many of their vanity beauty-powder boxes had different figurals standing on the lids that were typical of the Art Deco era - stylized gazelles, dogs, male and female figures. The base metals are stainless steel for the lid bottom, the female figure being copper and then the entire top was silver-plated. Each beauty box had its own custom molded glass base, in this case a glass base called "Black Onyx" made by the Fostoria Glass Co. with 4 wells to hold powder, rouge, lipstick, eyebrow pencil, etc. What a clever idea to hide various vanity items with a beautiful silver-plated lid that is a decorative work of art by itself. The base is quite heavy and has no chips or cracks, with your finger you can feel a few little bumps along the bottom and top wells from the manufacturing process. I don't see any dents, but there are some surface scratches, please keep in mind this item was manufactured in 1931 and is about 85 years old and as a vanity item it was used and handled almost daily.
This same female figure Beauty Box is featured in Laura M. Mueller's book - Collector's Encyclopedia of Compacts Carryalls & Face Powder Boxes Volume II, there is one photo showing page 307. Together with the base it measures 7" high, the female figure holding the mirror is 6-1/4" high, the base measures 6-1/2" top to bottom and 6" across.
Today this vanity, dressing table collectible can be used as a trinket box to hold jewelry and would make a wonderful gift for any woman who collects vintage vanity items.
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