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A handsome Stratton mid century rhinestone embellished powder compact from the Mad Men era.

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 2¾ ins (6.5 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s to 1960s

MATERIALS: metal, glass, glass stones

CONDITION: good vintage condition

SIZE: 2½ x 3 ins (6 x 7.5 cms)

DESCRIPTION:

This is a rather glitzy compact whose base material is brass. The lid is brass and has an inset design made made from faceted rhinestones and faux turquoise pieces. This compact is typical of the more lavish compacts of the Mad Men era.

Marked “Stratton” on the back and comes with velvet pouch and case.

Inside the lid is a mirror and a compartment for powder with a spring up fitting. The hinge is not loose and works well. The closure snaps shut and works well. There is no powder puff and sifter. The case appears to have never contained product.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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.

The British firm of Stratton began production in the 1930s, but the heyday of the company was during the 1950s – 1960s. They produced compacts in a wide range of styles and materials. However by the 1980s the company was in decline and was sold in 1997. Although the name Stratton survives the compacts are no longer made in Britain.

By the 1950s the makers of compacts and similar vanity items were competing to satisfy the demand for luxury goods. Manufacturing confidence soared in the mid century, and the production of such items was at its height. Many compacts were given a luxurious appearance by the inclusion of exotic materials (whether genuine or faux) such as mother or pearl, tortoiseshell, jade and coral. The lids and cases are often encrusted with fancy decals or set with rhinestones and faux pearls.

Item ID: DUP18-01-041


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