Gold compact case from Mae's Millinery Shop

Manufactured by
Elgin American, American
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
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
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
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

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