The IPBA is proud to announce the merger of Roselyn Gerson's Compact Collectors Club into the International Perfume Bottle Association! The IPBA will continue to provide relevant and interesting opportunities for collectors to learn, buy, sell and share their passion for compacts with fellow collectors!
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It is a natural fit as the IPBA has always included the crossover collectors of compacts and vanity items as part of the Association.
The 28th annual International Perfume Bottle Association convention was held in Portland, Oregon on April 28-May 1, 2016. What a wonderful event it was! Seminars, presentations, guest speakers, collectors marketplace, auction and a fabulous exhibitor hall was on the agenda for this annual event.
The convention is the most exciting weekend in perfume bottle and compact collecting! It was a four-day extravaganza featuring the world's premiere exhibition and sale with the field's leading dealers featuring thousands of bottles, compacts and ladies vanity items. The convention drew together collectors and dealers from around the world.
This year the keynote speaker was Dr. Tom Reichert, author of "The Erotic History of Advertising." He gave an entertaining presentation discussing the history of perfume bottle advertisments!
In addition, Portuguese collector Afonso Oliveira gave a wonderful presentation on the history of Portuguese perfumes and powder boxes.
Deco compact collector Howard Melton gave a terrific presentation on deco compacts. He featured the fabulous compacts from the art deco era that were manufactured by Elgin American, JM Fisher and several other 1930s compact companies. The collection of compacts featured took your breath away! Together with compact collector Dr. Michael Mont, Howard is writing a new book on deco compacts.
Specialty groups within the IPBA allow members to share their knowledge and their passion within their specialty collecting field. It's a unique opportunity for like-minded specialty collectors, at last, to come together and focus on what they love. It's a venue for networking, developing new friendships and enhancing your collecting experience.
This year, the "Compact and Vanities Specialty Group" was formed, led by collectors Woody Griffith and Shelley Bechtold. Collectors met and 'geared back up', refreshed and re-energized with new members and members from the former Compact Club.
It was unanimously decided that the group interests should cover more than vintage compacts alone. The group will include compacts, powders, Estee Lauder solids and related vanity items.
As with all specialty groups, we will meet at the annual IPBA convention.
The annual auction is always a night to remember! It featured 249 lots of vintage perfume bottles, compacts and vanity items, reaching over $400,000 in sales from bidders in 35 countries. Director Ken Leach compiled a fantastic catalog of perfume bottles and vanity items priced for every level of collector, while celebrity auctioneer Nicholas Dawes inspired the crowd with his entertaining delivery.
The session began strongly with a $13,600 result on the oldest item in the auction, a 1780s enameled gold scent bottle/patch box.
With much interest, a vibrant hot red and gold 1927 DeVilbiss vanity grouping, packed in it's original overnight case, brought $12,000; followed by an icy frost crystal Czechoslovakian bottle, a 1936 design by Plewa for the Ingrid Co. used for "Encore" by De Folet, that sold for $7,200.
Notable sales among the many Rene Lalique items were the rare 1922 bottle for Claire, "Fleur d'Or," sold for $6500, and the impressive 14 inch "Sirenes Avec Bouchon" Figurine, created in the 1920s for Maison Lalique, sold for $12,000.
The commercial bottle section offered great variety, starting with an adorable bottle modeled as an elephant with a figural monkey stopper, for Carlova's "Jasmin," which surely set a record for a 1920s German blown glass novelty, sold at $6,600
A highlight was the 1922 enameled Baccarat bottle for Edouardo's "Egyptian Alabastron," in it's leather obelisk box, sold for $18,000. Other noteworthy sales include the Art Nouveau style bottle for Millot's "Kantrix," designed by Hector Guimard for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, Paris sold for $17,600.
The extremely rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy, trompe l'oeil presentation "Le Bracelet Miraculeux," of five scents disguised as an art deco bracelet, sold for $33,000.
A complete list of prices realized is available.
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The following books on compacts are a great reference for collectors and all have great photographs!
1) Ladies' Compacts of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, by Roselyn Gerson (1989 from Collector Books)
2) Vintage Vanity Bags & Purses, by Roselyn Gerson (1994 from Collector Books)
3) Vintage Ladies' Compacts, by Roselyn Gerson (1996 from Collector Books)
4) Vintage & Contemporary Purse Accessories, by Roselyn Gerson (1997 from Collector Books)
5) Vintage Ladies' Compacts, Second Edition, by Roselyn Gerson (2001 from Collector Books)
6) The Estee Lauder Solid Perfume Compact Collection 1967-2001, by Roselyn Gerson (2002 From Collector Books)
7) Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories, by Lynell Schwartz (1997 from Schiffer Publishing)
8) Compacts and Smoking Accessories, by Roseann Ettinger (1991 from Schiffer Publishing)
9) Collector's Encyclopedia of Compacts Carryalls & Face Powder Boxes, by Laura M. Mueller (1994 from Collector Books)
10) Collector's Encyclopedia of Compacts Carryalls & Face Powder Boxes (Volume II), by Laura M. Mueller (1997 from Collector Books)
11) Compacts & Vanity Cases, by Laura M. Mueller (2008 from Collector Books)
12) Powder Compacts: A Collector's Guide (Miller's Collector's Guides, 2000), by Juliette Edwards
13) The Art of Allure: Powder Compacts of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, by Noelle Soren (2004)
14) A Collector's Guide to Estee Lauder Powder Compacts, 1963-2015, by Ann Schweiger
15) A Collector's Guide to Estee Lauder Solid Perfumes, 2002-2015, by
Laura Jean Allen: She was a noted illustrator and author of children’s books. Some of her illustrations featuring teenager scenes were used on a series of compacts by Rex Fifth Avenue in the 1950s.
Popular Compact Companies
Bliss Brothers: BBCo., Attleboro, MA. The mark was usually a small "B" and "Co." within a larger "B."
Bourjois, Inc.: A. Bourjois & Co., Inc., NY. They made the Evening in Paris vanity items.
Briggs: Maker of nice quality compacts in the 1920-30s, Attleboro, MA. Marked DFBCo.
Clarice Jane: A compact trademark of Elgin American and the Illinois Watch Co.
Coty: A perfume and cosmetic company from New York.
Divine: A trademark found in tiny glove compacts with decorative lids, often done in silhouette.
Djer-Kiss Kerkoff: A trademark of Kerkoff, a Parisian cosmetics firm. Their most famous design is the silver “kissing fairies” compact.
Dorothy Gray: A NY cosmetic firm that flourished in the 1950s-60s.
Elgin American Manufacturing: EAM Co., Elgin IL. Elginite was a trademark for their white metal cases. They made great deco compacts.
Evans: The Evans Case Company from Attleboro, MA was one of the most prolific producers of high quality compacts and carryalls, as well as cigarette lighters and cases, costume jewelry and handbags. Along with Volupte, this company dominated the carryall market in the 1940s and 1950s. Mayfair was a trademark of the Evans company.
Finberg Mfg. Co.: Attleboro, MA. Makers of good quality guilloche enamel compacts in the 1930s. Signed FMCo.
Fisher: The J. M. Fisher Company, one of the oldest established jewelry firms in Attleboro, MA, was formed by John Melatiah Fisher and Charles R Harris in 1879. In the 1920-30s it was noted for its stylish and colorful compacts with unusual shapes and original, often abstract designs. The compacts are rarely marked but can be identified by their shapes, their one-link chains and the fragility of their brightly colored enamels. Ironically, the poor quality of the enamel means that few survive in top condition. They are very collectible.
Paul Flato: He was a famous jewelry designer who catered to the stars of Hollywood from his shop on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In the 1920s and 30s he also had shops in Beverly Hills and New York. He designed high quality compacts, usually in sturdy cases with matching lipsticks. Many of Flato’s designs had whimsical detail and they are all known for their high quality.
Theodore W. Foster & Brothers Co.: Providence, RI. They made great sterling and guilloche tango compacts in the 1920s. Signed F&BCo.
Girey: An American company known especially for its “karma-pac” compacts made to resemble small cameras. They often included powder, rouge and lipsticks.
Gwenda: An English company noted for foil back scenes resembling butterfly wing.
Henriette: A New York company noted for novelty compacts such as military hats and ball-shaped compacts.
Annette Honeywell: A noted artist and designer in the mid-20th century. She created a series of designs with images such as a bullfighter, oriental dancer and a child on a merry-go-round among others. Her designs were used for a series of zippered compacts with the Lady Vanity trademark.
Houbigant: A perfume and cosmetics company founded by Jean Francois Houbigant in Paris in the late 1800s. Compacts featuring Houbigant’s flower basket logo and vanities with abstract deco designs are very collectible.
Houpette: A French trademark noted for the telescoping Pli compacts.
Richard Hudnut: A cosmetic firm of New York, they were known for the DuBarry, Deauville and Debut deco compacts. He began his cosmetic career in 1903. His company became one of the foremost cosmetic companies in the US.
Italian compacts were ornately engraved silver compacts that often came with matching lipsticks and combs. They usually had hand painted enamel scenes of couples in countryside settings. These scenes were often taken from 18th and 19th century paintings. Marked 800 for the silver content or “Made in Italy," they became very popular after WWII when the compacts were exported to France and the United States. Department stores like Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus sold them. They are very collectible today. Visit Noelle Soren's website at: http://davidandnoelle.net for a great history of these compacts.
Kigu: An English company that made compacts until the 1950s.
Marathon: Makers of nice quality deco compacts in the 1930s from Attleboro, MA.
Mondaine: A trademark found on novelty vanities that resemble small books. Some also have cigarette compartments and are called Cig-Vanettes. Mondaine was also known for flat rectangular vanities with rope handles and round compacts with small lipstick compartments in their lids.
Parker Pen-Wadsworth: They were the maker of novelty compacts like the Ball and Chain and the Hot Air Balloon.
Plate: House of Plate, Detroit, MI. Makers of the Trioette vanity in the 1940s.
Princess Pat: Princess Pat Ltd., Chicago, IL. Makers of the Vaniteen and small rouge and powder compacts.
Pygmalion: An English company noted for their novelty compacts, such as the Sonata piano compact and the globe.
Rex Fifth Avenue: A New York company and maker of compacts in the 1950s. This company later joined with Dorset, to become Dorset-Rex in 1951. Zell, Rex, Dorset and Columbia all had “Fifth Avenue” added to their names and so they are often called “the Fifth Avenues”. They all made moderately priced compacts.
Ripley & Gowan Co.: Attleboro, MA. Established in 1874. They marketed compacts and jewelry in the names of R&G, R&G Co., LaMode, and the R&G letters within a padlock. Their earliest compacts date from the late 1920s. They made top quality guilloche enamel compacts.
Schuco: A German toy company that manufactured teddy bears and other plush toys between the World Wars. They made several collectible compacts and perfumes in the forms of plush bears and monkeys. Very collectible.
Stratton: A company founded in 1860 in Birmingham, England and one of the manufacturers of fine British compacts. They are still making compacts today.
Hilda Terry: She was a well-known cartoonist and artist who created the character “Teena”, the quintessential teenage girl of the 1940s-1960s. Her cartoon strip was syndicated in newspapers from 1941 through 1966 in the US. Several of her cartoon scenes appeared in popular magazines and on Rex compacts during this period. The artist was also a teacher and taught at the New York School for Social Research in New York and the Phoenix School of Art and Design in Phoenix.
Thomae Co.: The Thomae Co., Attleboro, MA, made top quality sterling guilloche enamel compacts in the 1920.
Vashe: A maker of small fashionable compacts in the 1930s and 40s.
Volupte: A New York company that along with Evans, dominated the carryall market in the 1940s and 1950s. They also made some very collectible figural compacts such as the hand compact series.
Wadsworth: The Wadsworth Watch case Co., Dayton, KY was established in 1890 as a maker of gold filled watch cases. In the 1940s and 1950s they also manufactured nice quality compacts. They were eventually purchased by Parker Pen Co. and became Parker Pen Wadsworth.
Zell: Zell Fifth Avenue, one of the Fifth Avenue compact companies
along with Rex, Columbia and Dorset.