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This lovely guilloche compact is comprised of two different engine turned (a form of machine engraving) patterns. The lid has been done with what I like to call a basket weave pinwheel. The outer border has been done with an alternating wave/ripple pattern. Both have then been covered in a translucent white glass enamel. The final decorative touch was the addition of gold foil flowers and leaves accenting the center of the lid and the four sides of the border. Finally the last coat of clear glass enamel was done.
The enamel is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, nasty scratches, ugly abrasions or repairs. It has been viewed with a 10 power loupe and I am having difficulty even finding a minute bite. The sterling is also excellent with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, deep scratches or repairs. The lid closes with a light click but shows a little open space at it's edge when held upside down and shaken. The hinge is all original and in working order On the interior of the lid by the hinge is a bit of uneven surface original to the casting (see photo). I did find a couple bites to the sterling on the outer rim just below a gold foil area that look like someone tested to be sure it was sterling. The vermeil (a form of gold plating) is in excellent minus/very good plus condition. The rims at the front of the compact show a nice soft even toned gold. The backside of the compact has a light uneven faint gold tone with evidence of some light scuffing and the interior shows as a darker gold. The mirror has no chips or cracks but it's silver backing is grayed, cloudy and shows edge bubbles.
The marks are in the interior powder compartment and are: STERLING, the Blackington hallmark and 6102 the compacts design/model number. Also found there is a faint engraved number. It was a fairly common practice for the jeweler to engrave his inventory number on items. The compact is 1 5/8" in dia.
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R. Blackington Vermeil Sterling and Guilloche Enamel Compact - Circa 1925
$125 USD SOLD
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