Bakelite Petitpoint Flower Basket Compact
This black Bakelite compact tests only lightly as Bakelite, no doubt because of the patina being over cleaned. The silk petitpoint is done in pinks, greens and brown depicting an elegant flower basket. The needlework is protected by an early thin, clear plastic cover. This small 2.5 inch compact was for rouge with a powder puff in the bottom section. The rough was sealed off from it by a reflective metal mirror.
In the early twentieth century needlework compacts were made as a hobby. Extremely fine work which was called petitpoint had roughly 40 stitches per square inch. A small area large enough to cover a modest sized compact could take as long as four hundred hours to chart and stitch. These wonderful works of art became a cottage industry accomplished mostly in Europe. The needlework was still done by hand and the manufacturer fitted it to a compact case. This form of artwork is virtually a thing of the past.