Posted 2 years ago
I inherited this "pill box" (for lack of a better term) from my mother (who is 51), who got it from her mother (who just passed away at the age of 83). It's a Stratton compact, but never had a mirror, at least not that my mother can recall. It also came with the divided insert, which I'm not sure is original. Regardless, the plastic divider fits like a glove, which leads me to believe it too was made by Stratton for this particular compact. The compact itself it about 3 inches across and 1/2 inch wide.
No antique dealer I've shown it to has ever seen anything like it.
I'd like to find a similar item to give to my mother (since I "stole" this one from her), but I don't know what to search for. The term "pill box" brings up small, single chamber boxes. The term"compact" brings up similar golden compacts, but with the hinged inside cover to separate makeup and sponge.
Does anyone know what this is exactly? My guess would be that the plastic divider maybe held makeup at one point? But most of the comparable Stratton compacts have metal dividers, not plastic.