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Our Favourite Vintage Mesh Purses

Here at The Vintage Compact Shop we are probably best known for our fine collection of compact mirrors & handbag compacts. What you may not know is that we also have a wide variety of vintage handbags and purses in our collection as well. We are big fans of fine mesh purses as well as enamel and french chatelaine coin purses. We hope you enjoy the selection highlighted below. An Art Nouveau Purse In Stunning Condition. The frame marks this as an unmistakably Art Nouveau piece which also supports an embossed floral motif. All clasps and hinges work perfectly despite their age. The purse is hallmarked in three places with the appropriate French stamps used during this period. Chatelaine Purse...

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Nielloware Round Up

Traditionally these silver pieces were hand carved & the niello was created by baking 50% sulphur, copper, silver & lead which forms the black enamel like coating. The items would then be engraved. Nielloware was particularly popular in the 13th & 15th centuries but very few pieces from these times survive. The process to produce nielloware is quite demanding as you can imagine. Siam niello ware has a huge following & is particularly interesting as it tells a story of an epic adventure The Ramayana - the Thai version which is called The Ramakien. This epic is popular throughout India, Siam (now Thailand) & neighbouring countries too. Here is our roundup of our favorite nielloware pieces that we've sourced from...

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Henin & Cie: What We Know About La Maison Henin

The great Parisian goldsmiths Henin & Cie were born in the nineteenth century. At the heart of the historic city of Paris, the Marais was the noted jewellery quarter. It was in this locality that the nobility would go to buy luxurious jewellery and items made from high grade silver and gold. The pride of the gold & silver in the work of Henin et Cie is evident and it is this pride and the high level of artistry that led to the most superb objects d’art being produced. It was a natural progression that these astonishing jewellers would succeed in being appointed as the suppliers of the king and his court. Henin is one such firm that reached this...

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Stratton Compacts: Why Are many Of The 1950s Models So Rare?

Without doubt Stratton were the most successful brand of British powder compact. The quality of their enamel was clearly superior to the other British brands at the time. Vintage Stratton accessories are highly collectible today and many have proved to be a good investment. With thanks to the material written by Juliette Edwards in her book The Stratton Key, collectors can say for certain what model is rare, uncommon & common. Coupled with known years of availability it is possible to build a big picture of exactly how rare an item is. For example the Stratton ‘Queen with complete inner lid’ is very rare only known to be available in 1957 & 1958. That is the model itself, then you...

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Walker & Hall Heritage & Sterling Silver Guide

The silversmiths Walker & Hall were a very successful & well established firm in Sheffield, Yorkshire in England. Sheffield was a place in England renown for its steel making & it follows that Walker & Hall also specialized in electro-plating & gilding too. The company was established in 1845 & was believed to have been known as Walker and Co. (of Sheffield). By 1894 this large concern was known to have around 1,500 employees. When electroplating was invented in 1843 Henry Hall financed George Walker. Walker & Hall stated that it was their firm that electroplated ‘the first useful articles’ in Britain. George Walker was a very able man who displayed great technical skills. He studied chemistry under Dr Branson....

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