GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR LADY’S COMPACT

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Item Code: 635-178

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This compact is made of celluloid and features a colorful image of the Pennsylvania Memorial on the lid and the Jennie Wade House on the underside. Lid lifts off to reveal a mirror on the reverse and a rotating sifter for the powder. Original powder puff is present and traces of powder still remain. Measures 2” in diameter.

Underside has a maker’s mark which reads, “CRUVER MFG. CO. CHICAGO, U.S.A.”. In the 1900 Census Cruver’s occupation was recorded as running a photo and jewelry company. Examples of his earliest photographic novelties included an enclosed paperweight and a hand mirror and a 1907 advertisement gave a succinct outline of what his business had become. “Advertising novelties and souvenirs of celluloid, glass, paper and metal. Calendars and signs, buttons…and sundries” – most with photos incorporated in the final product. Importantly, a feature of the Cruver photographic novelties was that, for the most part, they were hand colored. By 1914 The Cruver Manufacturing Company had moved from modest premises to a large facility on 2456 West Jackson Boulevard – The Cruver Building. Vanity cases (compacts) were made up until 1933.

This is a nice, vintage Gettysburg collectible.    [SM]

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