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Volupte Powder Compacts & Heritage

Volupte were considered to be one of the most adventurous America compact makers & were famed for their novelty compacts. Volupte emerged as market leader in the 1940s and ’50s, producing a range of elegant functional compacts, that epitomized the glamour of the 40’s & 50’s. Vanity cases, and carryalls highly prized by today’s collectors further established the Volupte brand as truly American Hollywood glamour. Volupte were definitely one of the most ingenious compact manufacturers. Advertisements featured the comment, “Volupte reflects the prettiest faces” and stated availability “wherever fine compacts are sold.” These were considered to be upmarket. A November 1950 ad in Glamour Magazine positions them as collectible. “Now your Volupte compacts serve a double purpose! You use one...

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Stratton Compact Mirrors & Heritage

              Prima Ballerina Violetta Elvin Promoting Stratton Compacts The company we know today as 'Stratton' began trading in 1860. At this time they were a knitting needle manufacturer. They marketed their first powder compact in 1923. Their compacts were imported from the USA, and given the name “Stratnoid”. Which was the same brand name as the company’s knitting needles.                                        1934 Stratnoid Advertisement Many Stratnoid accessories were made from Duralumin which was 90% aluminium & the alloy (copper, maganese & magnesium). Duralumin was first used in WWI to manufacture light weight washers in aircraft assembly. Although all the...

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Coty Compacts & Heritage

In 1904 Francois Coty founded his company in Paris. His dream was to revolutionize perfume making. In 1908, Coty relocated his manufacturing headquarters to Suresnes. He acquired property and began to turn the area a center of excellence dedicated to the manufacture of perfume, to realize his dreams. “ La cite des parfums “ would, at its height employ in the region of 9000 staff. It had the capacity to manufacture 100,000 bottles of perfume a day. Coty knew that he needed to appeal to a wider clientele & he had to make his cosmetics more affordable. Hugely influential artists, designers & artisans were used to create the luxurious nature of this brand. Rene Lalique & the Glassworks of Baccarat...

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Cartier Jewelry & Heritage

  Société Cartier designs, manufactures, distributes and sells jewellery, watches and other fine items of fashion. They were founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris. Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847. In 1874, Louis-François' son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred's sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand name worldwide. In 1904, the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was liked by not only Santos-Dumont but also many other customers. Thus the...

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About Adie Bros

  The firm was incorporated in 1906 joining the firms of McKewan & Adie (manufacturing jewellers, gold and silversmiths) and Edward Souter Barnsley  (box and case makers). The firm was controlled by Percy Adie until 1901 and afterwards by Tony Adie and Frank Taylor. In the late 1960s the firm became part of British Silverware and closed in 1968 British Silverware Ltd had a strong track record in supplying the finest bespoke silverware to some of the world's largest super yachts. The prestigious firm of Elkington & Co. in 1963 were  taken over by British Silverware, Ltd. In 1971 British Silverware, Ltd. became a subsidiary of Delta Metal Co. Ltd   Adie Bros were well known for their vanities too,...

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