Vanity Cases

These larger cases, also known as carryalls, were designed to hold several cosmetic items, besides powder, which could include rouge, lipstick, eye pencil, coins, cigarettes, comb and so on.

This super Volupté carryall is a lovely shade of turquoise enamel and decorated with 3 rows of marbled hearts interspersed with 2 slim bands of rhinestones.  It has a snake-chain handle and the bar folds down to close it.  It contains a card/coin compartment, powder with sifter and puff, a lipstick case and a comb.  It measures approx. 4" by 3", does not appear to have been used and is in excellent condition.
Vanderbilt with patent no. 17356.Enameled in a shagreen effect, this lovely slim vanity contains two compartments and a comb in a gold case.  Beneath one inner door is a sifter but unusually, the other door, containing a gold puff, is made of gold metal mesh.  The mirror is bevelled.  It has a tiny loss of enamel, top left, near to the hinge, but otherwise is in wonderful condition and I don't think it's ever been used.
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idx00117.jpg (2712 bytes) Agme - Made in Switzerland. The case is goldtone in a ripple effect. Inside are compartments for powder, coins or cards, lipstick and a comb.
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idx00612.jpg (2151 bytes) Entouka - Foreign, possibly German and made around 1935. Black with gold inset catouche and an Art Deco clasp, this case has compartments for powder, rouge, lipstick, silk purse, comb and cigarettes. It still has the original 5 Du Maurier cigarettes inside.
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idx00131.jpg (2028 bytes) Park Lane - Foreign. Black with gold mesh strap with each side opening and containing powder, rouge, lipstick, comb, cigarettes, holder and stamps.
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Fifth Avenue party case, this is a British product and not to be confused with the American Rex Fifth Avenue. There is a lipstick attached to the side of the case and 2 compartments, one is the compact and the other to hold cards or perhaps coins. The case is goldtone and the top is white plastic beneath which are tiny silver sequins.  It was produced in the 1940's and 50's.