Sacré-Cœur Powder Compact, from France


This French powder compact, comprised of plastic and metal, has an image of the basilica of Sacré-Cœur on the lid with a foliage design around the edge of the bottom portion. "Cliché Guy" is in the lower right corner of the basilica's image as is "Sacré-Cœur" at the center bottom of the image. The initials S.P.A. appear on the underside of the compact, and I believe this is a French legal acronym.

The compact measures 3 ¼" across the underside. I believe it to be circa 1950s. The plastic does not have the characteristic bakelite or celluloid odor when rubbed vigorously. The shield, which accompanies the compact and powder puff, acted as a sieve for loose powder. It was popular in the 1950s. I believe both the puff and shield are original to the compact.

*****Condition: The lid does not close securely so this piece would only be able to be displayed and not used to hold powder. The metal trim around the mirror and on the bottom portion of the compact have wear. The mirror has areas of de-silvering where one sees spots that cannot be removed. The underside of the compact has some wear and an indentation as seen in the third photo. Do examine the photos and let me know if you would like more as I'll be happy to oblige.

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