Jan Hynes

Books

There are some excellent books on powder compacts and ladies' accessories, though these are mostly by American authors. These provide historical information, price guides and values, and are beautifully presented with excellent photographs. Juliette Edwards privately published her own book on British compacts, though I believe that there are no longer any copies available. However, Juliette has just written a book on compacts for Miller's which is now available and is a `must have' for all compact lovers.  It has beautiful photography and is packed full of information, hints and advice on every type of compact and manufacturer you could wish for.
  • Miller's Powder Compacts:  A Collector's Guide. By Juliette Edwards. Published by Miller's 2000.  ISBN 1840001860.  Price 5.99

The following list of books by American authors, together with the ISBN number, provides a wonderful resource for collectors. Some of these books are quite expensive, but most good booksellers should be able to order them for you. You will also find booksellers at some of the Antique Fairs.

You may also be able to find other books by logging on to the Internet at amazon.com for example where you can buy direct.

Another source is old magazines, advertisements or catalogues from cosmetics companies but these may be more difficult to find, though some dealers at the fairs specialise in ephemera.

  • Collectors Encyclopedia of Compacts, Carryalls & Face Power Boxes. Volume 1. By Laura M. Mueller. Published by Collectors Books 1995. ISBN 0891455620.

  • Collectors Encyclopedia of Compacts, Carryalls & Face Powder Boxes. Volume 2. By Laura M. Mueller. Published by Collectors Books 1997. ISBN 8914576666.

  • Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories. By Lynell Schwartz. Published by Schiffer 1997. ISBN 07643 01101.

  • Vintage Ladies Compacts: Identification & Value Guide. By Roselyn Gerson. Published by Collectors Books 1995. ISBN 0891456805.

  • Vintage Bags and Purses. By Roselyn Gerson. Published by Collectors Books 1994. ISBN 089145599X.

  • Vintage & Contemporary Purse Accessories. By Roselyn Gerson. Published by Collectors Books 1997. ISBN 0891457909.

  • Compacts & Smoking Accessories. By Roseanne Etinger. Published by Schiffer 1997. ISBN 08877403719.

  • The Evans Book, Lighters, Compacts, Perfumers, Handbags. By Larry Clayton. Published 1998. ISBN 0764306413