A splendid Lucite Kigu 'Karette' compact mirror. This rather gorgeous compact was made in the 1960s. The 'Karette' model is not at all common and to find one with a Lucite dome housing a wonderful reverse carved Lucite floral display is not something that often happens. Framed by an engine turned gilt border, the clear Lucite dome shields the most enchanting Lucite floral arrangement - a spray of bluebells at each corner and in the middle of this composition a pink rose and four tiny pink flowers each with mint green leaves! The exacting standards of Kigu Ltd. have ensured that this vanity is still as beautiful as it was in the 1960s. All the brass has the Kigu famed 'jeweller's gilt finish' - a coat of lacquer applied by the maker, which ensures that the brass will not tarnish or need to be cleaned. The compact absolutely gleams! The 'Karette' was described by the makers as - ' 2 1/2" Square "Karette" compact with "remote control" inner lid opening. Gilt E.T. (engine turned) engraved design.' The all gilt interior features an automatic opening lid. A push button which is the distinguishing feature of the 'Karette' opens the powder well lid. The lid has a honeycomb guilloche engraved design and an oval cartouche which bears the Kigu triangular registered trademark. The compact was originally made for loose face powder. The original pristine signed puff is present. The base of the compact is decorated with an engine turned design of tiny diamond shapes. All surfaces of this expertly made vanity are rendered in such a way that they will never show fingerprints. The grey felt pouch will continue to protect this beauty. All clasps and hinges work perfectly. Measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and weighs 81.7 grams.
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