VINTAGE LADIES GLASS POWDER BOX
Vintage ladies powder container but shaped as a giant scallop shell.
This is a one of kind thing--as I have searched and searched all over for ANYTHING simlar and have not been able to find such a thing.
It is NOT SIGNED anywhere nor does it have any sort of makers mark.
This is a one of a kind beauty not often found.
First let me tell you about its damages. For now I can only find two issues.
1. The top of the shells hand painted design is missing at least one of the small ruby looking gems on top...and it may be two or three missing. I can only tell for sure the one and you must look very hard and also use a magnifying glass...ih the naked eye you cannot tell anything is missing.
This piece is made to open like a clamshell ( however it is a scallop !)....the two pieces ----top and bottom are held together by a circular plastic hinge that the glass "shells " fit into .
The top plastic piece has a clean break in one place near the hinge.This can be repaired--but I will leave that to a expert.
Now on to more information about the piece itself.
This plastic ring holding top and bottom pieces together is also painted gold. In some places this gold coloring has rubbed off.
The glass is heavily frosted and molded and then hand painted on top. The flowers are in pink and greens..very delicate and very feminine.The flower is of a unknown variety. The red ruby beads are located on the stems of these flowers.
The frosted glass is exquisitely done to a turn in the shape of a scallop. All the ridges and indentations of real scallop shells are all there.
The bottom shell shows the same high level of design , artistry and craftmanship.
This piece is aprox. 5 1/2 inches in diamter and 1 1/2 inches high.
Very hefty in weight. Good ,strong glass.
Since I have not been able to find a similar piece it has been tough determining manufacture or exact time it was made.It is certainly prior to the new modern age of the small carry along sort of compacts and was made for the vanity top.I would suggest as my guess the 1920's to the 1930's. The hand painting style reminds me of those times and the work often seen on dinner plates of the era.
This piece is for the collector of Ladies Vanity things for sure...and whomever takes it will be in love with it for ever.