A handsome mid century souvenir powder compact embellished with London landmarks
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 3 ins (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s to 1960s
MATERIALS: metal, glass
A circular gold tone compact marked “Made in Great Britain” with engine turned design to back. The lid bears an engraved selection of well known London landmarks to the lid, such as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London. Houses of Parliament, etc. In black velvet pouch.
I cannot see any maker’s marks. In black velvet pouch.
Inside the lid is a mirror and a compartment for powder. The hinge is not loose and the closure snaps shut and works well. There is a sifter but no powder puff. The case has case has previously contained product but has now been cleaned out.
The collage photograph shows illustrations taken from contemporary ads for compacts, makeup and beauty products. Mid century advertisements were designed evoke an aura of glamour and romance.
Place compacts made an ideal holiday souvenir due to their portability and affordability. Many examples date from the 1950s onwards when families were beginning to take holidays and wanted to bring back mementos of their trip. In the United Kingdom London was (and still is) the top tourist destination with its many iconic buildings and landmarks.
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