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First new Stratton powder compacts!

New silver-plated Stratton compact with fuchsia faux snakeskin

New chrome-plated Stratton compact with fuchsia faux snakeskin

Ok, can’t tell you how excited I am… Finally, finally have my first four brand new Stratton powder compacts online! (After photographs, more photographs (compacts are surprisingly huffy supermodels), research, editing and website redesign!)

More designs to follow. But here’s a little about why I feel I’ve eaten a whole bloc of Galaxy…

British company Stratton, est. 1860, has made exceptional powder compacts since 1923. My selection of their best new designs are handmade to the highest standards. Cases are gilt or chrome plated, then double lacquered for a beautiful gloss finish.


By the early 1930s Stratton produced over half of all compacts used by the UK cosmetics industry. Four of the five Stratton factories were destroyed in WWII, but the company restarted their production lines in 1946. By the mid 1950s, popular designs and film-star endorsement made the company a worldwide brand.

…and I’m stocking their newest range!  You know, I feel like Libertys. Only more geeky about compacts ;)

2 comments on “First new Stratton powder compacts!

  1. Betty-Anne Field
    October 6, 2011

    Very Interesting! Have been reading up on compacts … especially Stratton, as I have a vintage Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip gold-tone compact that I wanted to learn more about [in order to sell]. Not sure if Elizabeth is Queen or just married Princess in photo/top. She has a blue dress on. Do you know of anywhere I can learn more about this? Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Your little one is a cutie!

    • Jane Johnston
      October 16, 2011

      Hi Betty-Anne! Sorry for the delay in this reply – just catching up on my blog after some sleepless baby nights… and busy VanRoe days!

      Your compact sounds gorgeous, and I’d recommend that you get in touch with the British Compact Collectors’ Society. They are a lovely and incredibly well-informed group, with many Stratton enthusiasts. You might like to join the society for access to all their Stratton expertise… and community of collectors!

      Hope this helps, and thank you for getting in touch! :)

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