Precious Little Boxes - 4

French-Made Aluminum Powder Compact with Machine-Turned Engraving (LEO Design)

Let's end our little parade of "Precious Little Boxes" with this offering, currently available in the on-line shop of LEO Design.  It was made in the 1930's in France for an American cosmetic company.  It was a fancy little box made to hold a cake of make-up powder—one that could be carried in a handbag for an on-the-go touchup.  The aluminum compact has been machine-engraved with a handsome, radiant pattern then finished with a bit of enameling around the circumference of the cover.  The cake of powder is now gone, of course, but the box itself could live on as a place to hold pills, baby teeth or a cherished ring.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248