Michelle’s Etsy picks of the week…1920s & 30s vintage compacts

Vintage compacts…don’t you just love them!! Each one distinctly different from the other – the style revealing a little something about the previous owner. Historically the compact had a slightly shady past. They were originally only used by ‘less desirable’ women such as ladies of the night and actresses. As time moved on, the wearing of make-up became more acceptable and compacts finally came out of the shadows to become a mainstream fashion accessory and were finally used in public without disgrace.

I have a tidy little collection of my own vintage compacts and am always on the lookout for more Art Deco lovelies. They really did come in all shapes and sizes and were made from a variety of materials. My favourite is my ‘Volupte’ case which has a puff, lipstick and place for cigarettes/coins, all carried in a little grosgrain purse (similar example below). Here are some fabulous compacts that are available on Etsy. Check out the amazing ‘Josephine Baker’ wrist bracelet compact!

To see an another cool collection of compacts for sale, check out Sheryl’s Art Deco Emporium.

NB: I wrote this piece for Swingfashionista a while back, but thought I’ add some new compacts to it for VVV.

* All items are linked back to their original Etsy source.

Vintage Elgin American Mirror Powder Compact  Powder Compact Evans Chain Bag Botton  Vtg 1920s Spider & Web MakeUp Powder / Mirror Compact Vintage / Antique Goth - Extremely Rare

Vintage  French 1920's silk Powder Compact for I. Magnin  Antique 20's Art Deco powder and mirror Art Deco Octagonal Compact  Vintage Compact Art Deco Powder Compact Dance Purse 1920's Sterling Silver Golfer Enamel Graphics EXTREMELY RARE

Vintage Compact Purse Dance Purse 1920s Powder Compact Coffin Purse Mirror Purse Wristlet Purse Silver Compact Powder Compact  RARE Edwardian 1920s DECO Enamel Porcelain COMPACT Coin Dance Purse..White Gold Frame & Bar Chain..F M Co  Vintage Art Deco Compact Purse Evans Powder Compact Vintage Compact Dance Purse Finger Ring

Vintage Compact Pearl Celluloid Powder Compact Rouge Compact Mirror Compact  1930's Compact Excellent Condition RARE  1930s Powder Compact, Bronze and Black Enamel, Vintage Large Size  Vintage 1930s Compact Purse Music Box Powder Compact Lipstick Compact Cigarette Case Change Purse Germany Very Good to Excellent Condition

Vintage Compact Powder Compact Art Deco Compact Mirror Compact Rhinestone Compact 1930's Compact Enamel Compact Rouge Compact  Vintage Guilloche Compact Powder Compact Mirror Compact Celluloid Guilloche Art Deco 1930s Excellent Condition  1930's Compact Purse Vintage Evans Compact Purse Art Deco Purse Compact Tap Sift Dance Purse

Treasury Item R&G Co. Blue Enamel Rouge Powder Compact with Lipstick case 1930's  vintage 1930s gold evening purse/bag for makeup, cards, cigarettes- a CLASSIC  vintage 1930s gold evening purse/bag for makeup, cards, cigarettes- a CLASSIC

Art Deco Compact Vintage Richard Hudnut Compact 1930's Powder Compact Rouge Compact Mirror Compact  1930's PRINCESS COMPACT with Automatic POWDER Dispensor  1930's Houbigant Compact Art Deco Powder Compact Vintage Compact Lipstick Case Rouge Compact

Art Deco Compact - 1930's Enamel and Chrome - Elgin  art deco 1930's richard hutnut black white enamel compact  1930's NEVER USED Elgin American Brushed Silver Powder Compact with Gold Floral Design

RARE Red Enamel Vintage Compact w Flowers / Enamel covers Front AND Back / Circa 1930s /Art Nouveau  Enamel Inlaid Compact Vintage 1930's Germany  1930s French Bakelite Josephine Baker Flamand Fladium Compact Bracelet

Steampunk Art Deco Purse Antique Vintage 1920s Golden Brass Geometric Square Metal Box Compact  Vintage Powder Box Art Deco Powder Box 1930's Powder Jar Elephant By Weidlich Bros. Silverplated VERY RARE  Art Deco Rouge Compact Purse

Art Deco Powder Compact in Metal, Green and Black  Vintage Art Deco Makeup Compact by Richard Hudnut - Enamel and Brass with Interior Mirror and Two Compartments  FIFTH AVENUE COMPACT Carryall