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Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff
Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff
Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff
Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff
Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff

Material:  Ivory/Bone, silk, swansdown feathers
Color:  Handle ~  Ivory
           Top ~ Pink
           Swansdown:  White
Size:  Width ~ 4 & 3/8 inches
         Height ~ 3 inches
Quantity:  1

We were very fortunate to acquire a large group of 130 year old antique Victorian ivory vanity items from a direct descendant of the original owner.  These fine ivory pieces were initially purchased by a wealthy East coast aristocrat in the early 1880s, during the 19th century period known as the Gilded Age, an era of upper class opulence and wealth.  Each piece is available individually here on our web site.  Please see the last image above for a picture of all the items grouped together and history / provenance information.

This listing is for the large fluffy white swansdown powder puff pictured in the lower left of the last image/group photo above and shown in detail in the preceding images.  Please note:  placing your cursor on the image will enlarge it for a more detailed view.

The puff was found inside the largest round three piece powder jar pictured in the group photo above and we believe it to be original to the set, which was custom made for the owner and likely part of her 1881 dowry / bridal / wedding trousseau.

This particular example is larger than the average puff we find.  The swansdown is really fluffy, dense and full, measuring apx. 4 & 3/8 inches in diameter.  It has a pale pink silk top, accented with an ivory, or possibly bone handle.   It is a was likely made in France, as most of the early puffs were.

This charming powder puff is in very nice antique estate condition.  Alas, as is often the case with these delicate antique vanity items the silk top is showing age related effects, with some separation of the fibers.  This is not unusual or unexpected and does not affect overall integrity, just a minor cosmetic consideration, which is reflected in the price.  The handle and trim ring remain firmly attached to the silk top and the fine swansdown feather puff remains clean, free of odors and extremely dense and fluffy.

Antique French swansdown powder puffs, patters, plis and wands make a very charming and attractive dressing table accessory for milady`s boudoir vanity.

Please see the other related 19th century ivory items also listed in this same category.

Large Antique Victorian Swansdown & Pale Pink Silk Vanity Powder Puff

$ 159.00

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