A magnificent vintage 1940's Elgin American Beauty Carryall compact that is glamorously wrought in crinkled gold tone metal. The little black twill carrying case has open sides so as to reveal the splendor of the carryall while providing protection and a carrying strap. Inside there is space for all of a lady's needs.
The case opens to several compartments. The interior doors or lids are beautifully embellished with a motif of leaping gazelles and thick grass. The heavily textured exterior walls are slightly domed and the sides are smooth.
The Carryall contains a mirror, a powder compartment, a cigarette compartment, a money or hankie clip and a Lucite comb. The lids to the powder, cigarette and rouge or match compartment are spring hinged. Two tiny gold tone buttons slide to release the lids to the lower compartments. The Carryall opens on the front edge and snaps closed securely.
The smart black twill carrying case with open sides essentially creates a stunning little purse. The base has a hidden compartment into which the Lucite comb neatly slides.
Reads, "American Beauty - MADE IN USA" on powder compartment door and "American Beauty" on one outside end.
Overall condition is excellent. The gold tone carryall shows no wear to the finish inside or out. All compartments easily open and snugly close. The tiny gold tone buttons that release the lids work perfectly. The mirror shows small clouds from silver loss to the back. The twist up mechanism of the lipstick tube also works perfectly. Original comb is perfect. The Carryall does not contain any powder or lipstick.
The twill carrying case is generally clean and in good condition. It appears to have been repaired with glue along one end seam. Slight wear to corners.
The Carryall without the case measures approximately 4-1/4 inches long by 2-1/2 inches high by 1-3/8 inches thick. In the carrying case measurements 4-1/2 inches long by 2-7/8 inches high by 1-3/8 inches thick. The 10 inch long handle provides a 4-1/4 inch hang.
An incredible vanity item and a drop dead addition to any collection.