This intriguing compact was found in its original box. It is signed with the company's seal on the compact itself; and the powder puff is also signed. This appears to be unused, although there are a few small green cabochons missing from the perimeter of the compact (see photos). This measures 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches; the top of the compact is done in needlepoint with a lovely rose motif. Absolutely charming and historic compact! The story of Mary Scott Rowland reads like a riveting adventure story. She first married the civil war veteran and notorious Northampton bank robber Scott when she was in her early 20's. It remains a mystery whether she knew about his 'profession' but they definitely lived in high style; and she never saw him leave the house for his 'day' job! He and his partner were eventually caught and imprisoned where Scott died of tuberculosis. A scant six weeks later, Mary Scott remarried (Mr. Rowland) and embarked on a career of making/selling complexion creams. Evidently these were not always successful in eradicating double chins and the like and she was sued more than once. She eventually patented her great idea for a 'toilet box' (Pat. # 563,985 dated July 14, 1896). The toilet box was an inventive design that predated by at least 2 decades more modern ladies compacts. In the early 1900's Mrs. Rowland sold her business to Goodman Woolf and then moved to England. Evidently, Mary Scott Rowland compacts were made from sometime in the early 1920's to 1940's. I suspect this one dates to the 1930's. Famous, or infamous as the case may be, Mary Scott Rowland knew how to design a compact, and she was way ahead of her time!