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Gold compact case from Mae's Millinery Shop

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Elgin American, American  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
a: metal and glass;
b: cloth
H x W x D (a closed): 3 × 2 3/8 × 3/8 in. (7.6 × 6 × 1 cm)
H x W x D (a open): 3 × 4 3/16 × 1 3/8 in. (7.6 × 10.6 × 3.5 cm)
H x W (b): 1 5/8 × 2 1/8 in. (4.1 × 5.4 cm)
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Gold-colored metal compact case with floral design on the front (a) and pad (b) from Mae's Millinery Shop. One of the case's corners is more rounded than the others. The case hinges open and there is a mirror on the interior lid. The bottom part has an indented shelf that has incised lines around the name of the manufacturer at center engraved onto it. This shelf hinges open on the left to reveal the lower half of the interior, which is lined with felt around the sides and has incised lines engraved on the bottom. A cloth pad (b) sits in the upper shelf. The name of the manufacturer is printed in black ink on the top of the pad.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture