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.

Physical Description

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.

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