I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you actually see this lovely vintage manicure set by Barbara Bates Exclusive Creation. My photos do not show the outer floral brocade carrying case to be as pretty as it is in person. The material has a black background with a woven floral motif. The flowers are red, green and very dark blue and they are outlined in gold metallic thread. The leaves and several of the flowers are also the same gold metallic thread. I don’t think my photos show the contrast of the colors as well as I would have preferred. The frame of this pretty case for this 1950s manicure set is brass. The inside of lined with emerald green moiré rayon. I believe the 8pc. manicure tool set that is tucked into the fancy case is original as some of the gold plated pieces are marked with the maker’s name….Barbara Bates. These tools include two pairs of tweezers, scissors, two files and three nail and cuticle tools. There is a holder for a small comb, but the comb is not in the set. This luxurious vintage 1950s manicure set would look nice on your vanity and it can be useful, as well. And, it would also make a great movie prop.
Condition: Very Good
Already noted in the description, the small comb that would have been included with the set is missing. This could easily be replaced if the new owner really wanted to do so. The tools are in really good condition with the exceptions of a few spots on the metal from slight use. It’s really surprising to me that they look as good as they do and I think they were probably not used very much. One of the loops that holds a one of the tweezers is very worn and actually has a hole in it. I believe this has been something that has occurred due to the age of the material used for the loop. The threads are still holding the loop in place. The main issue is one that I have photographed so that it can be fully seen. The black leather strap that closes the case has wear and some cracking that can be seen on the outside. The inside must have had gold paint or some type of material on this strap and as you can see in the photo, some of this is missing and has damage. With gentle use, this should not be a problem. The outside floral brocade material is in very good condition and does not show much wear at all.
Label: Barbara Bates Exclusive Creation
6 ½” Wide x 4 ¼” High
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)
Vintage 1950s Barbara Bates Manicure Set Floral Brocade Case