Travel Cases, part 3

The third vintage travel case in this series is actually a make-up case but I included it with the others because it is of the same era and I think this gives us a good idea of how women lived, things they valued and how traveled in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

This make-up case is a small black leather suitcase shaped box with a carrying handle. It give the impression it could be carried but I would probably pack it inside my larger luggage so as not to misplace it. The case only measures 10 inches long by 5 inches wide by 2 inches deep. So it is rather small for a travel case.

Loaded with a refillable compact, a refillable lipstick (yes, they used to be able to purchase lipstick refills as well as other cosmetics) a refillable rouge tin, a comb and a small tube for hair pins, this case held everything a woman needed to correct her make-up or hair while traveling. The compact and rouge tins are decorated with a lady in a purple, 1920’s style flapper coat trimmed in white fur, a cloche hat and walking her small dog. The other cases are decorated in matching purple and white dotted design.

Connected to the inside of the lid is a mirror with etched lines along the edges almost framing your face when looking in the mirror. This addition of a mirror on the inside lid made this case a traveling vanity. Like many old mirrors the silvering is starting to degrade and part of the mirror has a hazy quality.

The inner platform of this charming case where everything slips into a coordinating strap is also a small drawstring cloth pouch to hold a powder puff or cotton balls.

When the platform is lifted by its little corded string you find a one inch deep area for storing some other personal items.

Like the other two cases in this series, I will be taking all three to Round Top Texas for the Antiques Market in March. I hope they are appreciated as much and sell quickly.


  1. Lovely. I like how the lipstick and make up are refillable. Less waste. I would love having the make up travel bag. I too would pack it fear of losing it! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Bernice cooking with Supper Plate

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