A gorgeous unused boxed Stratton Persian themed Pontoon loose powder compact with all the original accessories. The Stratton Pontoon has only three known years of availability - 1948, 1952 and 1953. Various lid decorations were used. Perhaps the most popular are the Persian designs. This particular compact is so much more beautiful than the images show. The lid decorations are set on the most wonderful golden enamelled background. This model has a catch like a purse.
Some of the earlier models were enamelled and not lacquered. You can run your fingers over the lids and feel that it is indeed enamel and not a transfer. Our favourite ones are those which are enamelled and lacquered.
This compact is enamelled and lacquered. The lacquer has protected the whole compact very well. It has ensured that the lid decorations are in tact with no loss of enamel. The coat of lacquer also prevents the brass from tarnishing. This compact will not require any cleaning.
This is the best Persian themed Stratton Pontoon we have ever found!
In the 1940s and 1950s some manufacturers of vanities were inspired by Universal Pictures first block buster film, Arabian Nights (1942).
Jarrett, Rainsford & Laughton Ltd., the owners of the Stratton brand, produced a series Persian designs.
We feel fortunate to have this unused Persian themed Pontoon in the collection.
The horsemen are playing polo on a gleaming golden background. Polo originated in Persia. It is said that the game was a form of training for cavalry units and elite troops. Eventually polo became a national sport in Persia and was played by the nobility prior to the upheaval seen in the region since the 1970s.
The inner lid is a delightful engine turned design with a golden lacquered finish. The catch is stamped with the patent number 530653. This patent refers to the snap catch. This model has the original felt lining in the powder well which means no sifter is needed. The original gorgeous royal blue felt pouch, puff and presentation box are present. The box is stamped with what appears to be an item code. The item code is quite hard to read but it looks like 537/MB. The base of the compact has an engine turned design of horizontal lines which is typical for this model. The compact is in superb unused condition. The catches and hinges work exactly as they should. The mirror gives a good clear reflection. The mirror frame is signed STRATTON MADE IN ENGLAND. Measures 3 inches long x 2 1/2 inches wide. Weighs 103.4 grams.
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