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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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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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The History Of The Art Deco Movement

One of the most stylish design movements ever & it all began at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratif in Paris, 1925. This exhibition is probably the most famous World’s Fair & it ran from April to October 1925. Inventors, architects, artists, fashion designers & artisans came together to change to way design was perceived. From 1820 to 1890 French design was dominated by what can be described best as ‘eclecticism’ an infusion of influences of all the 19th century styles from the Neo-classical forms to the florid, extravagant styles which culminated in the Art Nouveau Spectacular Naturalism where nature & art make you almost forget the materials used like the door at La Maison Laviroette, 29 Avenue Rapp, 7th...

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