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Powder Compact - Officer's Cap, circa 1914-1918 Reg. No: HT 28181
- Alternative Name(s): Face Powder
Powder compact based on a military peaked cap. Its original powder puff is missing. It appears to be World War I-era, based on the style of the cap. The compact has no known provenance. It may have been a souvenir sent from a war zone. It would have been a constant reminder of a loved one at war, and a public statement about connections to war.
Compressed powder was developed as early as 1840 by a Mr Prosser of Birmingham, England (Putnam's Home Cyclopedia ...G.P. Putnam & Co, 1852, p.383), although was not popularized until the early 20th century. Other examples of powder compacts in the shape of World War I caps or helmets are known.
- Powder compact in shape of officer's cap, hinged. Opens out to reveal a mirror in the lid, and textile lining. The shape of a boomerang and the continent of Australia are in relief on the base of the compact. Tasmania is missing.
|Dimensions:||22 mm (Height), 70 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Circular format|
|Tagged with:||world war i 1914-1918, military history, military ornaments, cosmetics|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MILITARY HISTORY|
|Secondary Classification:||Civilian Life|
|Inscriptions:||Front, inscribed on badge of cap: "AIF"|