The Petite model is not common, only having been available from 1960 - 1968. We have not seen this model with this lid decoration before making it an exciting 'find'. The emerald green enamel is adorned with roses, daisy-form flowers, forget-me-nots and foliage. The enamel is absolutely glorious and catches the light to show its mesmerizing beauty. This little gem opens to reveal the original mirror sticker, which reads as follows - 'To open inner door: press mirror-lid gently back, door springs open. To shut: bring mirror lid forward and press door down. A STRATTON Patent.' The self-opening inner lid works perfectly every time. The mirror bezel is inscribed 'MADE IN ENGLAND' and 'REG. DES. 895112'. The inner lid is decorated with vertical lines which surround a square cartouche containing the 'Compact-in-Hand' logo. The powder well has a pristine coat of white enamel. The puff and sifter shimmer in the light - original, clean and unused. The puff is decorated with the logo in gilt and the Stratton signature too. The pouch is the one of the most gorgeous semi-rigid felt lined pochettes reserved for luxury Stratton vanities. Even the presentation box is delightful - the base bears the item code - '713/394' and it is stamped 'GREEN'. The signature of the Stratton employee who was involved in checking item is also present - neatly written in pencil on the underside of the box.
The brass has been lacquered during the manufacturing process which means this item will retain its good looks, never tarnish and will not need to be cleaned. All clasps and hinges work perfectly. This compact is suitable for all types of loose face powder. The mirror is excellent and gives an accurate reflection.
This vintage handbag mirror measures 2 5/8" and weighs 63 grams.
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