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Signed YARDLEY of London Compact with Original Box
Unique compact from Yardley features the original box which is marked "By Appointment to Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England." The compact contains makeup including face powder and blush; it is likely that this was never used. It measures almost 3 1/2 inches wide by 2 inches from top to bottom. Overall condition of the box is good with some discoloration on the top as shown. The compact seems to be unused; the mirror has what looks to be surface cracks (see photos). It's hard to tell what they are actually; they do not go through the mirror.
A brief history of the company: Yardley is actually a very old company, much older than I realized. Although 1770 is given as the foundation date for the House of Yardley, the firm was founded by Samuel Cleaver [c1750-1805]. The Yardley family would not actually become part of the business until 1800. The Cleaver and Yardley families became connected through marriage, with two of Samuel Cleaver’s sons marrying daughters of William Yardley [c1756-1824] – William Cleaver married Hermina Yardley in 1801 and Edward Cleaver married Rosina Yardley in 1808.
In 1928, Reco Capey [1895-1961] joined Yardley as Art Director. He was responsible for Yardley’s elegantly designed cosmetic containers and the packaging that made Yardley products so distinctive in the 1930s.