A taste of what you will see
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|This website contains numerous
fascinating pages of great interest to compact collectors which are
accessible only to members. For example, there are 17 pages in the
Question & Answer section, details and photos of membersí other
vintage collections, photos of membersí "Favourite Five"
compacts, "First Loves", past Conventions, Sales & Wants,
Merchandise and Archive entries.
Access to all of this, including
our very successful "Q & A" system, where experienced
members answer other membersí queries, is one of the benefits of
belonging to the BCCS.
If you would like a chance to
appreciate our society further, please browse the following samples from
FIVE is where our members show five of
their compacts from their collection
COLLECTIONS is where members show some of the other items they collect.
have a section for non-members where we post questions about compacts you may
have, and on which our members can post helpful answers - "click"
Here below are a few examples
from our 18 pages of Questions & Answers
Le Rage London scenes compact
I have recently found a 'Le Rage' powder compact whilst sorting through the
loft, please find some photographs attached. I am hoping you may be able
to shed some light on it. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
- Jenny Duncan replies: Tidying up the loft can be a rotten
job, but Gina should be pleased to have discovered such an
attractive compact as this Le Rage depicting some famous sights of London,
including St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Big
Ben, Nelson's column and the Tower of London. Please take a look at
page 10 of these Q & A pages and you will see my response to an enquiry
about a Le Rage with French landmarks.
I am an Italian dancer who has recently
come across two Baron signed Stratton very nice. One is a musical compact
perfectly working. The other is
a pill box. I have been told they portray real ballerinas and would like to know
something about them: who are ballerinas, the epoch of these Strattons
and if they are collectable. I do not know nothing about collecting compact.
Here in Italy we do not have this passion and love for
this item. But I love them and just would like to know something more,
especially if they portray real ballerinas. I'm an admirer of Fonteyn.
Thank you for all of you. Regards from Italy.
Jenny Duncan replies: Welcome
to the pleasure of compact collecting and I do hope you will join our
society as we have quite a number of members in
and in the
. You are lucky to have two
highly collectable Stratton pieces and both portray scenes based on
photographs of the ballet by the society photographer known as Baron.
They not only portray real ballet dancers, but the costumes are from
actual ballet productions. If
you take a look at the Links on this site to Favourite Five and Other
Collections you will find some other examples of ballet compacts from my own
collection. I have
researched the Stratton ballet range extensively and made this research
available to members of our Society, so do please follow the link to our
Application Form and join us.
and enamel compact queries
I would like to
ask your help to identify the marks on a compact I have acquired
recently, it is a silver gilt and enamel compact, the lid depicts a
King Charles Spaniel and the enamel work is stunning, it is by far the
best I have ever seen. I would dearly like to know the makers' name
and country of origin, any info would be much appreciated, thank you.
Melhuish replies: According to my book on hallmarks the first mark
would appear to be the one used in London on imported silver. The
next mark identifies the metal as sterling silver, that is 92.5%
silver. The third mark is a date mark for 1926, which is in
keeping with the style of the compact. I would say that the
compact was made in France, judging by the style. The last mark is
the makers' mark which is not in my book and I think you would
have to refer to a book on French silver.
Christie replies: The makers mark is that
of Birmingham maker P H Vogel. I've owned/own several items from
this importer/manufacturer of a similar date to the one in
question and they are all of a very high quality. I believe that
Vogel imported these items in the 20s & 30s from France.
Although P H Vogel & Co are listed as 1947-93, they existed as
silversmiths/importers prior to the earlier date.
regret that we are unable to give valuations and suggest that you consult the
books which are
listed on the web site.
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