FREE SHIPPING Powder Compact, Blue Star Line 'Arandora Star' Sunshine Cruises, Navy Blue Enamel, Bevelled Glass, 2.75" x 2.5", Loose Powder


Powder Compact, Blue Star Line 'Arandora Star' Sunshine Cruises, Navy Blue Enamel, Bevelled Glass, 2.75" x 2.5", Loose Powder, 1930's

This suitcase shaped, loose powder compact was manufactured for sale on the Blue Star Line Cruise Ship, Arandora Star between 1920-1940. The Blue Star Line 'Arandora Star' cruise ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat and sunk off the Irish Coast in 1940. 805 souls were lost including the Captain of the ship. This compact belonged to his daughter, who later handed it down to her niece from whom I purchased.

The compact is made of metal, it is covered with navy blue enamel which has crazed over the years, you will see this in the photos which are taken in good natural sunlight. This means that indoors and in general the crazing is far less visible.

Inside the compact is a clean surface in which to keep loose powder. There is also a vintage bevelled glass mirror in excellent condition.

You may also be able to see in the pictures a small engraving of the word 'foreign'. This may indicate an early 1920's year of manufacture, prior to the requirement for all imported goods to be marked with country of origin.

Measuring 2.75" wide x 2.5" deep this piece is perfect for use nowadays and would make an exquisite and unique vintage gift.

Generally this piece is in excellent vintage condition there are two tiny pieces of enamel missing on either side at the front as you will see clearly from the photos. The case shuts and opens beautifully and closes tight. Perfect working order and retains a rich depth of colour in the enamel background and colourful stickers each advertising a different state room of the various cruise ships operated by Blue Star Line at the time.

Please see link here for a really interesting and full reference site for the cruise ship that this compact came from. This really gives an idea of life during those years for the people that were fortunate enough to travel on cruise liners but also of the tragedy of so many lives lost at sea during the war years. There is also a great little video of a 'tour of the Arandora Star in 1932'! I love the gents in their full swimming costumes!

Weighs just over 100g before packaging therefore shipping will be based on a small parcel weighing 250g to ensure adequate materials are used for safe transit.

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