Compact Mirrors & Powder Compacts

Jane Vanroe on collecting vintage powder compacts and compact mirrors. You can find Jane's designs at and on Amazon in the EU & USA

Where can I get a refill for my vintage pressed powder compact? (Refills for Stratton, KIGU, convertible)

If your vintage powder compact has a 67mm inside diameter it is almost certainly for pressed refills. (If it hasn’t, please see my post “How to refill / replace powder … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collecting Compact Mirrors And Powder Compacts – My New Book!

If you’d like a free extract from my new book ‘Collecting Compact Mirrors and Powder Compacts‘ you’ll find an ipad version on Blurb from today. You can download the 25 … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Great resources: How to date a Stratton compact, Juliette Edwards and the British Compact Collectors Society

For Part Two of my posts on great resources for collectors, let’s look at Stratton. You can read my whistle-stop history of Stratton here, but as soon as you become … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to use (refill) a vintage Stratton powder compact

My new video on how to use and refill a vintage Stratton powder compact. I explain the differences between ‘convertible’ and loose powder compacts, show Stratton’s self-opening inner lid, and … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Breathtaking bridal compacts for Stratton by Vanroe: Stunning new photos!

Ever tried to pose for a photograph you know will be published? Inspired by my visit to Stratton’s new owners last week, I decided to curate a range of Stratton … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Stratton England powder compacts back up to buy thanks to new owners, Widdop Bingham!

Widdop Bingham, the new owners of Stratton, Britain’s last vintage powder compact brand, are doing a great job of getting the current designs back to independent retailers like me. Four … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Some of my favourite vintage Stratton & KIGU powder compacts

My vintage compact collection grew to over 200 powder compacts last year. Here are nine of my favourites, including Stratton and KIGU…

January 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Use, Care and Repair of Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts

If you’ve read just one or two of my posts, you’ll realise I’ve a big thing for Stratton powder compacts. The vintage compact I first fell for was a Stratton, … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 22 Comments

Valuation: How much is my Stratton / KIGU / vintage powder compact worth?

In this, the second of my FAQ posts, I’ll take on the trickiest of questions – “Can you value my compact?” or “How much is it worth?”. (See also my … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

My photo archive of vintage powder compacts

Every vintage compact I’ve restored is lovingly photographed, and it would be a shame for these images to disappear into my iphoto chaos.┬áSo, here it is – the beginnings of … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Stratton powder compacts – my whistle-stop history of a vintage brand!

For stylish ladies of a certain age, British company Stratton needs no introduction. In the powder heydays of the 1950s and 60s, Stratton was the most recognised and prolific of … Continue reading

October 22, 2011 · 17 Comments

How to refill / replace powder in a vintage powder compact

I receive lots of messages about refilling vintage powder compacts with modern powders. It can seem daunting when faced with a gorgeous empty compact and, let’s face it, less than … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · 37 Comments

Talking KIGU vintage powder compacts at The Huddersfield Collectors Club

Last night I spoke at the Huddersfield Collectors Club about the two British super brands – KIGU and Stratton. I’ve talked enough here about Stratton, so here’s a little insight … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · 6 Comments

Stratton’s vintage powder compact advertisements

Last week I received a wonderful email from the only remaining British compact company, Stratton. I’d asked for further information to share with customers, as I’m about to go live … Continue reading

June 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

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