Vintage 1950s kigu compendium compact vanity case. This vanity case compact holder for cigarettes, lipstick and a mirror powder compact all in one. The mother of pearl inlay is beautiful this would make a lovely gift for anyone collecting powder and/or cigarette cases.
Condition: the compact is in excellent condition with no deterioration to the metal surfaces. All hinges are tight and close well. The mirror is clear and without chips. Size: 7.5 x 6cm excluding the lipstick.
The legacy of kigu began in 1873 in prague when josef kiaschek started business as a goldsmith. His passion was soon passed onto his son, gustav, who continued the business and became a master goldsmith, creating the first gold powder compact. It was gustav who coined and registered the name kigu in budapest, taking the first two letters of his surname and first name: kiaschek' and gustav'. After gustav, his son, george, took the wheel and moved himself and the company to england in 1939, escaping the forthcoming clutches of a german-occupied hungary. Upon moving, george dropped the c' from the family name which henceforth became kiashek'.
All items are original vintage and sourced in france. Any questions you might have don't hesitate to contact me. This item is made of mother of pearl and gold.