1950s/1960s 'Lipstick Empress' Powder Compact by Stratton

The 'Empress' compact was one of Stratton's top quality ranges of the 1950s and 1960s. This particular example features the rectangular shape and indented edges of the Empress design, with the addition of a lipstick case within the body of the compact - this style was known as the 'Lipstick Empress'. The lid of the goldtone metal case is decorated with a fine mesh-type pattern, and the indented edges are enhanced with flowing scrollwork. The lipstick case is hinged at the top end, and swings upwards when the compact is opened; the front of the lipstick case pulls out, and the owner could buy lipsticks to fit it - the polished goldtone end is engraved with 'Stratton No 1'. The compact base features the 'curled feathers' design, which Stratton used for its luxury ranges. The interior reveals a framed glass mirror, and a separate compartment for loose powder; the latter can be accessed using Stratton's patented, self-opening mechanism, which is activated by gently pushing back the compact lid. The mirror displays two gummed labels - one explains how the use the mechanism, and the other states 'Real Diamond Cut Front'. The powder compartment lid is decorated with the 'Compact-in-Hand' Stratton logo, and a pattern of horizontal lines. The original sifter is present.
Measurements: 3" x 2 3/4"
Condition: Unused (mint)
Item # CG-2500CP