Antique Blue Enamel Compact Locket Pendant

Compacts were becoming popular around the turn of the 20th century. However, makeup wasn’t entirely socially acceptable. If a lady ventured into a beauty store, she would try and sneak in through the back. Some boutiques had secret hidden doors for the most important of the clientele. The idea of blending blush onto your cheeks in public was absurd. So, the clever women of the time decided to hide their powders, creams, and rouge in witty ways. Makeup could be found in pendants, like this piece, brooches, pocketbooks, bangles, and even walking sticks. Lipsticks could be found hidden away in the handle of a hairbrush!

By the 1920s and 30s, compacts were no longer considered scandalous. They were stylized to the season and the trends of the times. For decades, the designs grew in detail, extravagance and purpose. This beautiful blue enamel compact pendant was handcrafted around 1910, likely in Germany. It’s a beautiful antique piece made in silver and marked, “800”. The front and back of this darling pendant features bright blue enamel over a perlée pattern, showing a high quality of craftsmanship. Disguised as a watch, this compact opens from the top to reveal a compact and powder puff. On one side, there is a frame, for a photo or small mirror. The other side holds a cover that when lifted shows a powder puff of white and pink fabric. Overall, this compact pendant weighs 32.4 grams and measures 51.5 x 38 mm.

The Edwardian era was the beginning of making makeup and compacts culturally acceptable. Even makeup counters were (slowly) being introduced to stores. Women spent hours applying creams to their skin as skin care was the most important aspect of the makeup routine. Rouge for those rosy cheeks, matchsticks for those smoky eyes, eyebrow pencils for that thin brow line, and plotting paper for a light complexion were the mainstays of the era.

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