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    Posted 4 years ago

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    We came across this at an old estate sale for an antique shop that has been closed and gathering dust for decades. What is it? My hubby thinks it's copper. I don't know. It was pretty green before we started cleaning it up. Maybe it's an old cigarette case with a place for a tintype? With extra clips inside? It's about 4" by 3.5" and 1.5" deep. Hopefully someone can tell us what it really is! Thank you!

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    1. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      I think this might be a travelling writing tablet . The clip held a small ink bottle. Google vintage copper writing tablet and have a look at images. They look similar.
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Roy, everything that comes up is much larger, I don't know!
    3. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      You are right bill. Now thinking it might be an ink pad case.
    4. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      That might be it, because there are no clips to hold cigarettes in place, it is odd. Maybe for rolling cigarettes, the bottom is about 1" deep, like for holding tobacco, but that little clip confuses me. For lighter? I'm sure someone will know! :^)
    5. Kjane79 Kjane79, 4 years ago
      Thanks, guys! I think we're getting closer. Someone out there has to have all the answers! Could what I originally thought was a place to put a photo be some sort of makeup compact? This thing is so weird and confusing!
    6. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Found one on Pinterest they describe it as a Elgin American art deco woman's compact carry all
    7. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      1930,s 1940,s circa according to the seller. I googled vintage brass compact engraved impala,s. Image came up on Pinterest.
    8. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 4 years ago
      I think it's a compact. It seems to have a space for powder, a mirror & possibly a space for a small lipstick?
    9. Kjane79 Kjane79, 4 years ago
      This looked very similar!

      Thanks, everyone, for all the love and help! It's so wonderful to get answers right away. I'd have been stewing over this one for weeks!??
    10. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Try this
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 years ago
      Kjane, I think Caperkid answered your mystery! :^) You should mark it solved.
    12. Kjane79 Kjane79, 4 years ago
      He absolutely did! Thank you!

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