This is a stunning Art Deco solid silver powder mirror compact. The silver is engine turned and there is an oval shaped enamel image of a Flapper on the front. The compact is hallmarked for Birmingham 1921, there is also the silversmiths mark: S & Co. Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: 7cm x 7cm
Women have been using cosmetics since ancient times but the powder compact did not make an appearance until the beginning of the 20th century. By the 1920s and 30s there was a powder compact to suit the requirements and tastes of most women. They were being manufactured in a diverse range of materials such as bakelite, celluloid, shell, leather, silver and gold with decorations in enamel, rhinestones and tapestry. Some were hand painted and the compacts with Art Deco designs and exotic designs based on Egyptian motifs being very popular.