Vanity cases straight out of the Jazz Age. Art Déco. Zelda Fitzgerald must have kept a few in her handbag. Maybe it was one of these. Maybe not.

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Vanity case, the exterior with panels of green and blue enamel that simulate lapis lazuli and are bordered in gold with the hinges and cover handles set in diamonds. The double door covers opens to reveal a hinged mirror and removable lipstick holder. Art Déco. American. Gold, enamel and diamonds. Marked “GATTLE CO” over the mirror. E. M. Gattle and Company, maker. Image © Christies and Lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/an-american-art-deco-gold-enamel-and-diamond-vanity-case-49621327?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter
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Vanity case with a Persian inspired design that opens to reveal a mirror, two compartments and a lipstick holder. Gold, mother-of-pearl, jade, diamonds, enamel and coral inlay. 1927. French. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, with a maker’s mark for Strauss, Allard & Meyer. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/an-art-deco-multi-gem-vanity-case-by-6091621-details.aspx
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Vanity case decorated in the Persian style in black and white enamel in the design of tulips and pomegranates. ca. 1920. French. Gold and enamel. signed “Cartier, Paris, Londres, 4917.” Image 2020 © Inez Stodel. Fair use license. via https://inezstodel.com/en/collection/archive/art-deco-vanity-case/

1920’s vanity cases to keep face powder and rouge in. So much more fun than the plastic things in Target.

Vanity and cigarette case. 1920.
Vanity and cigarette case. 1920. Gold, platinum, enamel, diamond, cabochon chrysoprases, amber, and mirrored plate glass. Private collection. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/420577337/
"Pompeian" vanity case. One of the first compacts ever marketed. 1920's.
“Pompeian” vanity case. One of the first compacts ever marketed. 1920-1922. American. Gold-tone. E Loesser Mills Company, maker. Case probably designed by William Kendall. Image courtesy Lake Girl Vintage Image © 1998-2019 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/700271-lgv5499/Pompeian-Vanity-Case-1920-Vintage-Compact
Sarcophagus form Egyptian Revival vanity case with bone lid. 1925..
Sarcophagus form Egyptian Revival vanity case with bone lid. 1925. Gold, platinum, bone, enamel, emerald, sapphire, diamond and onyx. Made for American Florence Blumenthal. Cartier, Paris maker. Lent by the Cartier Collection. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1024497181/