A handsome mid century filigree and rhinestone embellished powder compact by Rimmel from the Mad Men era.
CONDITION: good vintage condition
SIZE: 3 ins (7.5 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s to 1960s
MATERIALS: metal, glass, rhinestones
This is a pretty Rimmel compact whose base material is brass. The lid is brass and has a metal filigree application in an arabesque design. This is inset with multi coloured rhinestones at salient intervals in the design.
Marked “Rimmel” on the lid of the powder well.
Inside the lid is a mirror and a compartment for powder with a spring up fitting. The hinge is not loose and the closure snaps shut and works well. There is no powder puff and sifter. The 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.
Rimmel (commonly known as Rimmel London) is a British cosmetics brand, now owned by Coty, Inc. The House of Rimmel was founded by Eugène Rimmel as a perfumery in 1834 in Regent Street, London, England. As a producer of vanity items Rimmel was one of the British companies which arose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s with the aim of competing with the great French fashion houses.
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 set with rhinestones and faux pearls such as we see in this example.
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