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1950s/1960s Enameled Stratton Compact Thrift Shop Find 1,50 Euro ($1.58)

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I was quite happy to find this beautiful compact in the thrift shop this afternoon. This is what is called a convertible compact, made for both loose and solid powder.

    I used to have a small collection of compacts back in the 1980s/1990s, but sold them in the mid-1990s to an antique dealer in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan.
    I will post a link in the Comments which explains how to date Stratton compacts.
    Thanks for stopping!

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      The link with a video explaining how to date Stratton compacts:
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Lovely. Stratton always did it right.
      I love the machined backs of them, and the enameling is so nice!
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      Compacts are so ladylike.....I just love them......nice find Bonnie!! Don't see many "in the wild" like I used to!!!
    4. jbingham95 jbingham95, 6 years ago
      Nice find and another interesting item I never thought to look for while "thrifting"
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 years ago
      That's nice looking Bonnie, is it a full size compact, or smaller?
      A few years ago I saw a compact that sold for over $200. on Ebay and caught my interest. I started looking for them at thrifts, estate sales, and the flea. I've gotten 8-10? now, maybe more, all for under $5., a small 14k one, and two full size, are sterling. I really haven't researched them that much, not my thing, just an interest, but like everything, there's a collector for it, that will pay for the found treasure, because they might not have the time to search. The best thing about a compact, is just that, you can have a large collection, in a small place. I guess that's why I like pocket knives! :^)
    6. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      bill - this is a full size compact. Many people don't realize their worth, even as simply a design object.
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      Judy - Must have been the last of someone's collection. There was another one there with swans on the top, but it was damaged and the mirror was broken - and the shop had it priced four Euros more than the one I bought! Go figure.

      karen - I haven't seen any really nice compacts in a very long time, so was surprised to find this one.

      jbing - now you have something else to search for at the flea markets!
    8. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 6 years ago
      I like the Stratton's stuff from Compacts, lipstick mirrors, tie pins and all sorts. Stratton I believe is related somehow to the other great compact maker KIGU. Vintage retro stuff.

    9. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      GeodeJem - it's seldom that I find a compact this good, especially in a second hand shop.

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