Chicago Athletic Club Compact, memorabilia from Elgin.
Their logo looked very much like the Chicago Cubs. And there is a reason for that, Wrigley was a founder of the Athletic Club in 1890 and he adopted their logo for his newly purchased baseball team.
The compact has a lot of finish issues, as pictured, but the enamel emblem looks great. You could probably clean up the finish a bit, or re-plate it, but I like the battle scars. I have a substantial Elgin watch and compact collection, but this piece takes the cake.
The compact measures 2 & 3/4 inches square, the inside is in great condition, marked Elgin American, Made in U.S.A. with the original puff and the mirror is in good shape. It opens and closes, no problems there, carry it as a purse mirror!
Elgin American was a brand of the Illinois Watch Company, which was founded in the 1880's in Elgin, IL. They started making compacts under the Elgin American brand in the the 1930's and continued to produce them until the early 1960's.
Chicago memorabilia. The Club no longer exists, closed in 2007 and is now a restored hotel. The Club didn't let women in as members until 1972, Like the Berghoff Bar, no women were allowed in the bar until the early 70's. My sister, Ginger and I went into the bar for lunch as soon as word got out in the 70's, and put our feet on the brass rail, it was thrilling.
This compact was probably purchased by a fella for his sweetheart before that time, although before 1972, there was a room or area for women with gifts and give aways.
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