A taste of what you will see by becoming a member

 

This website contains numerous fascinating pages of great interest to compact collectors which are accessible only to members. For example, there are 17 pages in the Question & Answer section, details and photos of membersí other vintage collections, photos of membersí "Favourite Five" compacts, "First Loves", past Conventions, Sales & Wants, Merchandise and Archive entries.

Access to all of this, including our very successful "Q & A" system, where experienced members answer other membersí queries, is one of the benefits of belonging to the BCCS. 

If you would like a chance to appreciate our society further, please browse the following samples from our website.

 


FAVOURITE FIVE  is where our members show  five of their compacts from their collection

Eileen  

Juliette  

Martina  


MEMBERS' OTHER COLLECTIONS is where members show some of the other items they collect.

Phil

 

      Jenny

Juliette


 

We have a section for non-members where we post questions about compacts you may have, and on which our members can post helpful answers  -  "click" here.

Here below are a few examples from our 18 pages of Questions & Answers

Le Rage London scenes compact

I have recently found a 'Le Rage' powder compact whilst sorting through the loft, please find some photographs attached.  I am hoping you may be able to shed some light on it.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Gina

  • Jenny Duncan replies: Tidying up the loft can be a rotten job, but Gina should be pleased to have discovered such an attractive compact as this Le Rage depicting some famous sights of London, including St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Nelson's column and the Tower of London.  Please take a look at page 10 of these Q & A pages and you will see my response to an enquiry about a Le Rage with French landmarks.

 

Stratton Ballerina Identification Needed

I am an Italian dancer who has recently come across two Baron signed Stratton very nice. One is a musical compact perfectly working. The other is
a pill box. I have been told they portray real ballerinas and would like to know something about them: who are ballerinas, the epoch of these Strattons
and if they are collectable. I do not know nothing about collecting compact. Here in Italy we do not have this passion and love for
this item. But I love them and just would like to know something more, especially if they portray real ballerinas. I'm an admirer of Fonteyn. 
 Thank you for all of you. Regards from Italy.
Annalisa Argelli

  • Jenny Duncan replies: Welcome to the pleasure of compact collecting and I do hope you will join our society as we have quite a number of members in Europe and in the USA .  You are lucky to have two highly collectable Stratton pieces and both portray scenes based on photographs of the ballet by the society photographer known as Baron.  They not only portray real ballet dancers, but the costumes are from actual ballet productions.  If you take a look at the Links on this site to Favourite Five and Other Collections you will find some other examples of ballet compacts from my own collection.   I have researched the Stratton ballet range extensively and made this research available to members of our Society, so do please follow the link to our Application Form and join us.

 

Silver and enamel compact queries

   

I would like to ask your help to identify the marks on a compact I have acquired recently, it is a silver gilt and enamel compact, the lid depicts a King Charles Spaniel and the enamel work is stunning, it is by far the best I have ever seen. I would dearly like to know the makers' name and country of origin, any info would be much appreciated, thank you.
Sandra Roberts.
  • Heidi Melhuish replies:     According to my book on hallmarks the first mark would appear to be the one used in London on imported silver. The next mark identifies the metal as sterling silver, that is 92.5% silver. The third mark is a date mark for 1926, which is in keeping with the style of the compact. I would say that the compact was made in France, judging by the style. The last mark is the makers' mark which is not in my book and I think you would have to refer to a book on French silver.
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  • Simon Christie replies:     The makers mark is that of Birmingham maker P H Vogel. I've owned/own several items from this importer/manufacturer of a similar date to the one in question and they are all of a very high quality. I believe that Vogel imported these items in the 20s & 30s from France. Although P H Vogel & Co are listed as 1947-93, they existed as silversmiths/importers prior to the earlier date.

VALUATIONS:  

We regret that we are unable to give valuations and suggest that you consult the various compact books which are listed on the web site.

 


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