Posted 7 years ago
This compact/cigarette case was made by Harvey Matthews in 1912. The ladies certainly, in those days, knew how to do their makeup and smoke at the same time in style. Everything is in working order. On the outside is a diamond style pattern, on the front is a plain circle which would normally have been engraved with the owners initials. On the inside it is gold washed, with one side for cigarettes and the other side there is a small mirror and what seems to be a makeup compartment with a puff, or it could have been for coins. There is a chain with a large finger ring which I presume is the way it was carried. The hallmarks are for Birmingham, H M for Harvey Matthews and n for the year 1912. There is also a number 12 which I think is its manufacture number, also on the finger ring are the marks 7 n.
Many thanks for looking