A stunning Cartier Paris compact from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This beautiful, sleek box is made of sterling silver and has a smooth black lacquer surface. The face of the compact is adorned with a simple clasp design that is made of platinum and holds 14 Single Cut sparkling diamonds, weighing approximately .35ctw. The compact opens to display a mirror above a separate powder compartment with a hinged lid that opens and shuts. The lid of the powder compartment bears the original owner's initials "MLS" and found in the powder compartment is an original Cartier powder puff with the gold Cartier signature on the back of the puff. To the right of the powder compartment is a small open space that most likely would have encased a small lipstick. Several hallmarks can be found on the inside of the box including "Cartier Paris" above the mirror.
The attractive French black lacquer and sterling compact comes in its original red Cartier box. The box has a small hinged clasp on the front, and opens to reveal a white fabric interior made of soft suede and satin-like material to protect the compact. The bottom of the box is stamped with the word "Cartier," and inside of the top lid bears the Cartier Paris logo in gold colored lettering, which reads: "CARTIER PARIS, La Rue de la Paix, LONDON 175 Bond St., NEW YORK 853 5th Avenue." This wonderful and highly collectible piece would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The lacquer box measures approximately 2 1/8" tall, slightly less than 3" wide, and has a depth of 5/8". The outer red box measures 4" wide, 3 1'4" tall, and 1 1/4" thick.
Condition: The compact is in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the sterling, lacquer or mirror, and all of the diamonds are intact. There is some wear in the form of a small chip, on the edge of the top of the box, however, this is hardly noticeable. The compact opens easily and stays securely closed. The original red Cartier box is in good condition and opens and closes easily, and the white Cartier powder puff is clean and in good condition.