Fabulous and rare – an unmarked Evans gold tone dance compact with a serpentine mesh wrist chain and a metal tassel. The triangular c-shaped champleve' lid is designed in circlets of enamel flowers with an affixed raised circle of black glass and mottled copper in the center.
The interior is fitted with a mirror on one side which snaps open to reveal the rouge pot (no rouge). The other side has prongs to hold the powder pat which is no longer there. There is also a removable oval lipstick tube. The case latches with an elongated closing mechanism.
Entire piece is in very good condition with only superficial wear. The mirror is perfectly clear with no clouding. No loss to enamel work. The lipstick tube slide is stiff but still functional. The back of the compact has an area that is darkened but is without corrosion. Tassel has two strands that are shorter than the others but with no missing strands, the tassel is still full. No dings or dents. All original.
Measures approximately 3" x 3" at widest points and is just less than 3/4" thick. Wrist chain is 11".
A fabulous compact, worthy of its place in a fine collection.
HISTORY: Elongated closing mechanisms were used exclusively by Evans for many years. That latch and the metal tassel are both identifying characteristics of unmarked Evans cases, both considered trademark features. Champleve' is created when enamel is fused into design cells that are sunk into the metal base plate.