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How to date your vintage Stratton powder compact.


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Please note that the BCCS does not give valuations, and cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss resulting from advice given by members. Become a member. Heidi Melhuish replies:. According to the "Stratton Identification Key", a reference book by Society founder Juliette Edwards, " Stars with central name - appears to have been in use mids to early 70s.

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I came across this compact and wondered if anyone can shed any light on the style and age of it. I haven't been able to find it anywhere on the reference sites available on the internet. Is it a rare one?

Many thanks, Simon. Thank you for the photos of your attractive compact made by the British company Stratton. I have one like it in my own collection and although it is not a rare compact, because of its lid decoration it is highly collectable. Please consider ing the Society as members have access to detailed information about Stratton and other compact manufacturers on this website and in our newsletter Face Facts published several times a year.

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It is "Happy Birthday". Sincerely, Barbara Shuford. February 16th I have acquired this musical compact and wondered if anybody could give me any information about its please? It is a round musical compact, more like a trinket box.

There is a sticker on the mirror that says "Thorens Happy Birthday To You There is inscribed on the rim of the mirror "Made in Great Britain". On the engine-turned base there are 3 bun feet, and of course the winding key.

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Inside there is a compact puff that sits on a cream coloured tray. I have looked on the Kigu website and can't see this particular compact on there. There is no Kigu mark but it does appear similar to other des. The overall de makes me think it was produced in the 50s, but the musical instruments engraved on the top may have been popular in the 30s? I have purchased the compact for a friends birthday present, so any information I can receive to pass on to her would be great. Although, as I'm sure you'll agree, the compact itself is stunning and I'm hoping she will be pleased with it.

I look forward to receiving any news from your members. At present, I am not a compact collector Many Thanks, Becky Mouland.

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Jenny Duncan replies:. Your friend is lucky to be receiving such an original gift for her birthday!

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This style of dressing table container for loose powder was almost certainly made by another British company called A. Brown, and your musical version dates from the mids. The musical instrument de is great fun, but other des were made, including a pattern with a ballerina and some with transfer-printed floral sprays. Thorens musical movements were used by other British compact manufacturers, including perhaps the best known British brand, Stratton.

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Hello Bob. What a lovely donation to your charity shop! I'll tell you about the compact itself and suggest you follow up The Queen's Flight connection via military sources as that's outside my expertise. Bob says:.

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I have today received a very helpful reply from Juliette Edwards which I will pass on to my Manager, but I will also personally pursue Juliette's suggestions in my own time as our shop is not allowed access to the internet by the 'powers that be'! February 8th Thank you very much, Claire Lough.

Your beautiful compact is very unusual with its charming applied decoration. I suggest you have fun researching French silver marks, there are books and websites with information about silver marks. You may also wish to take the compact to a reputable silversmith or jeweller for a valuation.

January 31st Your compacts make a good start to a collection.

How to date your vintage stratton powder compact.

Our founder Juliette Edwards has written extensively about the British company Stratton and has made her research available to BCCS members, so to find out so much more please consider ing us. Your compact is likely to date from the early s. It is very difficult to tell from your photo whether your other compact is indeed a Kigu. Sometimes over the years compacts are separated from their original boxes and returned to others.

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It sounds as if you have a really lovely present and I hope it may inspire you to seek out other art deco powder compacts, which were made in a wide variety of des on base metal as well as in precious metals. Your compact would certainly have had a sifter, which combined with the powder puff to help retain loose powder. The smallest modern sifter I have come across is 50 mm diameter and is not available separately, but is part of a modern loose powder plastic compact made by Mary Quant.

The compact is sold without powder. The sifter has a nylon mesh and the sifter frame has a foam edge.

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January 25th Elizabeth Batho replies:. There is a product called 'Sticky Stuff remover'. I have a bottle, got it from 'Betterware' it's amazing and doesn't harm anything. Hope this helps.

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I use the "original" Mr. January 18th Thanks in advance for any information. Kind regards, Kas. Your shell-shaped compact is a lovely gift and many of us have started compact collecting because of a pretty compact that had belonged to a member of the family. Your compact was made by the British company Kigu, which had a factory in Harlesden, West London and made high quality compacts and cigarette cases, which were popular as special presents. Kigus are highly collectable, so this would be a great start to a compact collection, so I do hope you will consider ing us to find out more about these fascinating things.

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I have just come across your while researching Stratton compacts. I purchased my compact at a thrift shop, it is in lovely condition and caught my eye immediately…. I had no idea that they were such collectables.

My compact is gold with a rose on the front, it comes in a black pouch and a fawn coloured box with a cream lid. There is no powder or puff, but the sifter is still enclosed, apart from a few very minor marks it is in excellent condition overall. I would be grateful if you could tell me a little bit more about the age of the compact and a rough idea of its value.

Kind regards. Amanda FullertonAustralia.

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Juliette Edwards replies:. Additional information from Jenny Duncan:. You have two very attractive compacts, which are likely to date from the s. Gwenda is a British brand and their products were made by a Birmingham-based company called Hussey Dawson Ltd. They were first popular in the s, when the products were simply constructed and were inexpensive. Production d after World War II with a variety of styles in goldtone metal, and your Gwenda with a scalloped edge is less common. From your photo, it looks as if the transfer-printed ladies on the lid are wearing different styles of period costume.

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What do you think? If you scroll down this you will see that our founder Juliette Edwards has answered a question on Zenette, stating that she has documentary evidence of Zenette's existence in the s, but suspects that they were also in production pre-war. Compacts that had belonged to our mothers can be a starting point for a collection — it certainly was for me - and by ing the BCCS you will be able to learn far more about these really attractive collectables!

A request from Keith Edwards. I purchased this compact at an antique flea market for my daughter-in-law. It's marked

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