Vintage Elgin Compact Guilloche Art Deco Powder 1920s

Vintage Elgin Compact Guilloche Art Deco Powder 1920s


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This lovely ivory-colored clam shell compact from Elgin American has an oval guilloche lozenge with pink roses and green leaves against an ivory background. There is also a tiny silver crest at top that reads "Vir Quisque Vir Est" ("Every Man is a Man") which I found to be the motto of Theta Kappa Nu. This was likely a gift meant to be given to fraternity members' sweethearts. This motto was also adopted as the motto of Lambda Chi Alpha, although shortened to "Vir Quisque Vir" when the two fraternities merged in 1939.

The interior features two inside lidded compartments - the smaller for rouge, the larger for powder. The original powder puff (lightly used) is included. The interior body is marked "Elgin American". Circa 1930.

Beautiful compact is 2-1/2"at its widest x 3" long. There is some very faint haze on the interior mirror, and extremely minor scuffs to the bottom, which can barely be seen. No loss of enamel or any serious damage. It's a stunning piece. Remnants of powder remain.

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