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Powder Compacts

All compacts are pre loved  vintage so inevitably will not be in ‘new condition’.   Compacts will be packed with care, with original vintage pouch /box if available or complimentary gift pouch

We will describe each item as fully as possible, however if you require further information or photos before purchase please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note all Compacts listed on this page are Free UK Postage.

We Ship Worldwide. Overseas Buyers please contact us for postage options prior to purchase

Rare Vintage Unused SOUVENIR DE PARIS Envelope Powder Compact with 1938 2f Postage Stamp
225.00 GBP

Highly Collectable French Novelty Envelope Powder Compact with original box
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Exceptional Unused 30s Gold Tone Metal Powder Compact creatively designed as an envelope complete with an original 2f issued cancelled stamp with ARC DE TRIOMPHE D’ORANGE image. Postmarked PARIS FRANCE. The clean interior has the original unused sifter and puff and a lovely reflective bevelled mirror with minimal age wear. The base is smooth, and the envelope flap is outlined. This fabulous high-quality compact has a lovely gold tone sheen which is almost luminous in the light.


Size: 5.5cm x 8.5cm

Condition: Excellent throughout with all mechanisms working.  This rare compact has been carefully stored in its original box and pouch from when it was orignally purchased in Paris over 80 years ago and amazingly survived intact with no dings and little signs of wear.


Beautiful for display or superb gift for the serious collector of rare special vintage vanities

Vintage c.50s Unused German Fabric Powder and Lipstick Vanity Compact
60.00 GBP

Luxury mid century large powder and lipstick compact vanity with original tag
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This quality gold tone compact is covered with a luxurious black fabric to lid and base. The fabric has been detailed with gold metallic thread stars creating a gorgeous tactile compact.


The interior of the compact has a smooth gold tone inner lid, which when opened reveals the original sifter and puff. The lovely large interior mirror is clear and reflective. Just above the mirror is marked ‘German’. The empty lipstick holder lid easily removes to insert new lipstick.


Compact Size: 4 inches

Excellent unused condition throughout with only minuscule signs of age.  All mechanisms working perfectly.


Superb unused vintage vanity which can be used and admired.

Vintage 50s PYGMALION Handbag Powder Compact
65.00 GBP

Highly Collectable Handbag Shape Novelty Compact signed Pygmalion
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      Sophisticated Vintage 50s Powder Compact by Pygmalion renowned for their quality novelty powder compacts. This little beauty is gold tone metal and black leather and created into a gorgeous handbag shape. The interior reveals a clear and reflective mirror. Underneath the mirror is marked made in Great Britain.  The gold tone inner lid is signed Pygmalion and the powder well is clean and empty. Each side of compact is black leather and gold tone. 

          Size 6.5cm x 7cm


    This 70-year-old compact is in excellent condition having been carefully stored with only minimal signs of use.   Superb display vintage vanity for the discerning collector or gift for someone special

Vintage c.70s Jäneke Gold Plated Double Mirror Compact
35.00 GBP

Quality Gold Plated Double Mirror Compact signed Jäneke Modello Depositato Made in Italy
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This impressive mirror compact has a fabulous top lid in a coral pink marble effect celluloid with central cabochon surrounded by stunning crystals. The hinge and opening clasp are detailed in a creative scroll design. The clasp is opened easily by pressing down and pulling up at the same time see photo.


Inside the compact are two large clear reflective mirrors. One mirror is magnified, and the other mirror is marked gold plated. The base is engine turned and signed by Jäneke who were established in 1830 are renowned for their craftmanship and they still produce high quality stylish vanities today.

Size: 10.5cm x 9.5cm


This luxurious vintage compact is in excellent condition throughout with only minimal signs of use

Very Rare Vintage PYGMALION Gold Tone and Enamel Vanity Beauty Set including Original Box
115.00 GBP

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Enchanting, rare circa late 40s early 50s PYGMALION Beauty Set consisting of Powder Compact and Hand Mirror. The Compact and foldable Hand Mirror have lovely blue enamel lids which have been artistically detailed with a raised gold tone floral design.


Powder Compact

Size: 4 inches dia.  The opened lid reveals a super large reflective mirror which has a couple of barely visible marks consistent with age. The charming original puff signed Pygmalion no.1949 and clean sifter are in place. Attractive gold tone engine turned base with no evidence of wear. This compact still has the original signed protective pouch.


Hand Mirror

Size of mirror 4½ inches dia.  Length hand mirror with the ivory coloured handle unfolded 7½ inches.

The hand mirror is unblemished with a good reflection

This Magnificent Powder Compact and Hand Mirror Beauty Set are in excellent vintage condition throughout with only miniscule signs of use. All mechanisms working.  The gold coloured original vintage Pygmalion presentation box which has protected these rare vintage vanities for over 70 years does have expected signs of wear, but clearly did its job very well indeed.


Vintage STRATTON Empress Lipstick and Powder Compact
36.00 GBP

Gorgeous Stratton Self-Opening Lipstick and Powder Compact circa 50s / early 60s in the Empress design
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This engine turned quality gold tone metal compact has indented edges with lovely scroll design.  When the top lid is opened the hinged lipstick case swings upwards, so the signed lipstick cap can easily be removed.

The inner lid is detailed with horizontal lines which are marked Compact in Hand and signed Stratton. To open the innovative designed inner lid press mirror lid gently back, lid will spring open. To shut bring mirror lid forward and press lid down.

The opened inner lid reveals the original sifter and signed Stratton puff. Interior mirror is clear and reflective.

The base is exquisitely decorated with a lovely design like curled feathers. 


Size: 8.5cm x 7cm.  Condition: Very Good throughout with all mechanisms working.


This beautiful compact has clearly been well cared for during its 70 years with only minimal signs of wear. Superb addition to a vintage vanities collection.

Vintage 60s YARDLEY English Lavender Powder Compact with original box
35.00 GBP

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Gold Tone metal Powder Compact by the renowned maker YARDLEY. The lid is detailed with a charming image of a lavender seller with two children and dog set under a clear celluloid cover. The opened compact reveals a clear reflective mirror. The gold tone powder well is detailed with spirals and designed with a small hole to enable easy removal of powder pans.

Size: approx. 7cm dia.  Very Good Vintage condition throughout with only light signs of wear consistent with age. All mechanisms working.  


Complete with the lovely original Yardley’s box which has protected this superb collectable vintage vanity for many years.

Rare Vintage c.50s French Cannes Coat of Arms Powder Compact
30.00 GBP

Collectable Gold Tone metal French Powder Compact with blue celluloid lid and base.
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 This french powder compact is beautifully detailed on lid with the Cannes Coat of Arms. Inside the compact is a clear reflective mirror  and  the gold tone metal powder well is stamped made in France.

Cannes is a resort on the French Riviera and famous for its international film festival. This compact was probably a treasured souvenir keepsake.


Size 7cm. Very Good used condition throughout with a little lovely patina which adds to the authenticity of this rare 50s powder compact






Vintage 50s Sam Fink Co. 5th Avenue Gold Tone Metal & Seed Pearl Rectangular Powder Compact with original sifter and signed puff. Size: 6cm x 7cm Weight: 99g
68.00 GBP

High quality 50s Powder Compact with exquisite textured leaf design with seed pearls. Interior reveals clear reflective mirror and clean puff and sifter. The base is smooth Goldtone.Very Good Condition throughout including working mechanisms. Fabulous Collector’s Piece

PC 5736
Vintage 50s Quality signed KIGU Gold Tone “Compact of Character” Horse and Carriage Powder Compact and Built in Lipstick Holder size 8.3cm x 7.3cm including handle. Weight 125g
120.00 GBP

Created with superb workmanship this 50s exquisite suitcase shaped KIGU compact has a marcasite horse & carriage mount with a pretty red romantic enamel heart. Super Condition throughout including working catches. Bevelled clear mirror, original sifter and puff.
Special Gift/Collectors Piece

PC 37482
Vintage 50s unused STRATTON Ballerina Enamel and Gold Tone Powder Compact Signed Cecil Golding. Black felt sleeve and original vintage Stratton box included. Compact size: 8.3cm
85.00 GBP

Beautiful Ballerina unused Compact with original clean sifter and puff. Excellent condition throughout including clear reflective mirror. Very light crazing to enamel, which does not detract from the display quality of this special desirable compact. Base is detailed with lovely fine spiral lines.

Vintage 30s Octagon Map of India Silver Tone Metal Powder Compact set with 4 Rubies Compact Size: 3 inches
75.00 GBP

Rare 30s Map of India Compact set with 4 rubies on a beautiful background of emerald green celluloid. Very Good Condition throughout including clear reflective mirror, sifter and all mechanisms working. Base has some slight surface use wear. Collectable Romantic Travellers Keepsake

PC 3964
Vintage 40s Sterling Silver Art Deco Style Engine Turned Powder Compact. Size: 7cm x 7cm Weight 77g
150.00 GBP

A stunning 1941 Birmingham Silver Quality Powder Compact. Fully hallmarked by William Suckling Ltd.
Superb detail and great condition throughout incl. clear reflective mirror. Sifter & Puff in place. No dings
All mechanisms working

Rare Vintage Potter & Moore 30s Quality Gold Tone Mitcham Lavender Harvest Powder Compact complete with signed puff and original label still attached in powder well. Size 2 inches
85.00 GBP

This stunning very desirable compact is artistically detailed under the celluloid lid with girl riding a black horse carrying the lavender harvest. Signed engine turned base. Super Condition throughout including clear reflective mirror and working catches.

Vintage 40s DOROTHY GRAY Goldtone “Picture Hat,” Loose Powder Compact Size: 8cm x 8.3cm
115.00 GBP

Delightful superb quality brass engine turned 40s novelty compact with original signed puff. Base signed Dorothy Gray.
This highly desirable vintage compact is in good condition with all mechanisms working and a clear reflective mirror.
Fabulous Vintage Vanity

Very Pretty Vintage Mid Century Handpainted Goldtone Metal Powder Compact Size: 8.2cms in diameter
36.00 GBP

Charming compact with floral engraving and lovely eye-catching hand painted decoration of girl in period costume collecting flowers.Interior has a reflective mirror and sifter in place.Base is smooth and reflective.
Very good condition throughout with only minor signs wear. All mechanisms working.

KIGU 50s Quality Embossed and Engine Turned Gold Tone Powder Compact
32.00 GBP

Pretty exquisitely detailed KIGU Loose Powder Compact in super condition throughout with sifter, puff and clear reflective mirror. All mechanisms working. Size: 7cms. Desirable Vintage Vanity

Rare Signed VOGUE VANITIE Commonwealth Emblem Slimline Cream Enamel top and Gold tone base Powder Compact circa late 30s early 40s
58.00 GBP

Desirable early Vogue Compact 5.5cm x 7.5cm. Lovely Enamel and Emblems in good condition. Interior Mirror clear and used original sifter in place. Base smooth gold tone with some signs of age wear/use. Closure catches working
Super Collectable Compact with historical interest.

Vintage Burberry’s of London circa 80s / 90s Check Convertible Powder Compact PAT.764125
55.00 GBP

Superb Gold tone with Navy, Red and Grey Check design. Burberry’s iconic horse emblem clearly visible on reverse. Interior unused, mirror clear, original puff and sifter. All mechanisms working. Size: 8.2cm. V.G.C throughout.

Rare 30s Vintage Stratton metal and hand painted leather Non-Spill Powder Compact Pat. 407785
48.00 GBP

Beautiful compact with exquisite hand painted on leather sunset scene. Interior has reflective mirror and Non-Spill loose powder compartment. All mechanism working. Size 5.6cm Very Good Condition throughout commensurate with age.

Rare Vintage c.40s COTY New York / Paris AIR SPUN Emeraude Soleil D’or Powder Box and Compact with sealed contents.
75.00 GBP

COTY Vanity Set with sealed Powder & Compact in original 40s decorative packaging
Unused signed Turquoise Compact with mirror with slight misting.
Rare Collectable Set in Great Unused Vintage Condition
Pretty Gift box exterior has some signs of wear
Size of boxed set approx 11.5cmx21cm

Rare Vintage Novelty DIEPPE French Beret Powder Vanity Box
60.00 GBP

Rare Collectable Navy Red White French Beret Powder Box marked DIEPPE
The box is empty VGC throughout with only light signs of use Size approx 8.5dia.
Contact for further details if required

Stratton c 50’s Vintage Carryall Combination Compact in Black Silk Case
90.00 GBP

Multi-functional includes:Powder Compact/Cigarette Case/Lipstick holder.The Silk case also has a pocket which contains a comb.Overall in very good condition throughout including mechanisms.Mirror has original stickers attached.Engine-turned.Approx 9.5x 6cms ex case.Contact me for more info

Vintage Quality Gold Plated Powder Compact Made in Switzerland
30.00 GBP

Attractive Powder Compact with a beautiful brush stroke detail with satin finish.
Clear Bevelled interior mirror. Mechanisms working and in very good vintage condition throughout
Size 7.5cmx7.5cm
Quality Compact for the discerning collector

Rare Vintage 1937 King George V1 Souvenir Coronation Butterfly Wing Square Powder Compact Made in England
70.00 GBP

Attractive Iridescent Butterfly Wing and White metal
George V1 Coronation Compact. Super Condition incl mirror and mechanisms Size 5x5cm
Free UK Postage
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Vintage KIGU ‘Pink Roses’ Powder Compact
30.00 GBP

Pretty Collectable Gold Tone KIGU Compact detailed with Pink Rose Buds to top lid. Very Good Condition throughout including mirror and all mechanisms. Stamped KIGU. Sifter in place. Size approx. 6.2cm dia. Contact me for further information if required

PC 088
Beautiful Vintage Octagonal Continental Silver Finely Engraved Powder Compact
120.00 GBP

This stunning quality compact is 7.2cm dia. Stamped silver in internal well. Unusual Intricate design.
Very Good Condition throughout including sifter,clear mirror and mechanisms.
Contact for further info if required
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Superb Vintage Mascot Boxed Vanity Set complete with Compact Lipstick Holder & Perfume Bottle
55.00 GBP

Each beautiful unused item is gold tone and detailed with pink roses. The pretty original box shows signs of use. All mechanisms and mirror fine.
Contact for further info if req.

PC 0087
Rare Circa 1950's Le Rage Enamel Hunting Scene and Gold Metal Powder Compact
75.00 GBP

Superb Quality Square Powder Compact by Le Rage. Detailed with enamel Hunting Scene and a floral detail to reverse. Very Good Condition throughout, very slight age related misting to mirror. All mechanisms working.Sifter and a sprinkling of powder. Approx 7.5cmx7.5cm

Rare 1937 King Edward V111 Coronation Powder Compact Size: 4.5cm dia.
60.00 GBP

Superb Silver Tone metal 1937 Coronation Compact complete with unused lovely Lylax powder and puff and clear mirror Very Good condition throughout with just light wear commensurate with age Fastens crisply.
Stamped Rachel Made in England on Reverse. Special compact for the discerning collector

Rare Stratton RMS Arundel Castle Powder Compact Circa 1937
45.00 GBP

Very good vintage condition opening hinge slightly loose however working. Mirror and Image Good. Rare Collectors item 7.5 cm dia Contact me for more information

Art Nouveau 20s Djer-Kiss Kerkoff Kissing Fairies Powder & Rouge Compact
140.00 GBP

Exquisite silver plated 1920s Djer-Kiss Kerkoff Kissing Fairies Powder/ Rouge compact.Two sided mirror, includes rouge, no powder.Overall very good condition. One side of mirror is a little hazy but reflects well. Approx. size 5cms sq. Contact for more info if required


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Charming Vintage Gwenda polished metal Loose Powder Compact detailed with Foil and Reverse Hand Painted Scene on Celluloid lid. Size 6cm x 5.8cm
0.00 GBP


Art Deco Octagonal Metallic Foiled Vanity Compact with Sailing Scene on Reverse Painted celluloid
0.00 GBP


Outstanding Quality 60s Signed KIGU Petit Point Triple Gold Tone Vanity Party Case for Lipstick Powder and Cigarettes. Original Pouch and Box Size 7.8cm x 7.8cm
0.00 GBP


Rare Vintage KIGU Mother of Pearl Gold tone and Black Velvet Luxury Party Case with original box
0.00 GBP


HOUBIGANT FRANCE Art Deco (1929) Pressed Powder Double Compact/Vanity
0.00 GBP


Vintage circa late 60s early 70s Unused Stratton Gold Tone Rondette Powder Compact with sifter pouch and original box Size 7cms
0.00 GBP


Vintage 50s KIGU Locket ‘Compact of Character’ Powder Compact
0.00 GBP


Vintage BREVETE PARIS LIMOGES Porcelain Lipstick Holder
0.00 GBP


PC 0031
Vintage 40’s Brass Piccadilly Circus London Souvenir Powder Compact
0.00 GBP


Gwenda "Houses of Parliament" Cigarette/Card Compact
0.00 GBP


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