Jane Vanroe on collecting vintage powder compacts and compact mirrors. You can find Jane's designs at www.vanroe.com and on Amazon in the EU & USA
I’ve been meaning to write around a number of the Frequently Asked Questions arriving in my inbox… so here’s the first of three. And it’s the big one – “Can you repair my vintage powder compact for me?”.
The short answer is no, I wish I could, but I know a man who can!
I tend not to take on restoration projects. My skills are limited to basic repair, resurfacing and deep cleaning, and I only ever play with compacts post-1950. Anything earlier, or more precious, than this shouldn’t be trusted to a person like me.
The man to restore your compact is the amazing Geoff Craven. Geoff started his Compact Clinic after his wife began collecting, and found himself in enormous demand after word spread during British Compact Collectors Society events. Geoff is able to replace and re-silver compact mirrors, clean and relacquer cases, repair hinges, latches and musical movements. He is, in short, a miracle worker.
Now, I checked with Geoff whether I could pass on his details, but I’ve a feeling he may be inundated. So, I’ll spell out his precious email address to avoid the spam… and promise me you’ll only email if you’re serious about your compact returned to glory? I’ve a feeling he’s going to be an even busier man!
Email: craven dot geoff at talktalk dot net (don’t forget to mention this blog!)
Geoff and his wife are also active members of the British Compact Collectors Society, distributing the brilliant newsletter “Face Facts”. This newsletter is worth my £15/yr membership alone. I urge you to join if you love compacts and vintage glamour… there’s no way you’d be disappointed!
Finally, as a quick but blatant plug, you can find replacement powder puffs and sifters at my shop, Vanroe Powder Compacts. (And Stratton’s beautiful range of Italian leather compact cases – I carry the lipstick red edition in my handbag every day!).
PS – You might also like my post on The Use, Care and Repair of Vintage Powder Compacts.