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Vintage Hudnut Compact, Art Deco DuBarry
DuBarry, Richard Hudnut compact, vintage Art Deco.
A gorgeous, etched compact, so Art Deco!
In excellent condition, it measures 1 5/8" square and 3/8" tall. Just look at all that geometric detail!
It is signed Richard Hudnut & DuBarry by the back hinge.
Richard Hudnut was considered America's first perfumer and that's how he'd like to be remembered. After graduating from Princeton University, he toured France and returned with the idea of introducing French-style perfumes and cosmetics to American women. In 1880 he registered his name as a trademark in both France and the United States
A number of colorful incidents marked Richard Hudnut's life. In 1901, the U.S. Customs Service sent an officer to his house to inquire about certain imports that Hudnut was receiving at a particularly low cost, as no duty was being paid. The officer was told that Hudnut was not at home. In 1905, returning from a summer vacation at his Adirondacks camp, Hudnut discovered that his New York apartment had been looted; even his grand piano was gone. In 1922, after he had retired from business, Hudnut's stepdaughter married Rudolph Valentino, who, as it turned out, had not completed his divorce from his first wife.
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