1940s Paul Flato Stage Coach Compact Gold Plated And Jeweled Powder Compact
Here's a pretty Paul Flato gold plated stage coach compact. It has three beautifully cut stones in the coach, and is in wonderful condition. All the stones are the originals; two are red rubies and one blue sapphire center stone. The compact has a gorgeous gold plated finish, with a silver stage coach. It has some light scuffing wear, but nothing that detracts from the beauty of the piece. No dents, rust or corrosion.
The compact opens to a empty hallmarked "FLATO" covered powder compartment and original hallmarked powder puff; as well as a nice mirror with some light haze. No chips or cracks to the mirror. All hinges and closures work perfectly.
The compact measures approximately 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches square.
These compacts are becoming increasingly hard to find and very expensive to purchase. This is a great buy for a wonderful piece of Hollywood history that will only increase in value.
Additional Information about the jeweler by ENID NEMY
Published: July 23, 1999
Paul Flato, the innovative American jeweler whose diamonds were worn by Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Merle Oberon, died July 17, 1999 in a nursing home in Fort Worth. He was 98.
In the 1930's, he counted both socialites and movie stars as clients and his creations were seen in a number of films.
Flato jewels adorned Merle Oberon in ''That Uncertain Feeling,'' Rita Hayworth in ''Blood and Sand'' and Greta Garbo in ''Two-Faced Woman.''
Mr. Flato began his career as a watch salesman in New York in the early 1920's and soon opened his own jewelry business on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Within a short time he was one of the best known jewelers in New York.
''He was the first of the major American jewelers to do highly imaginative work on a par with European jewelers,'' said Penny Proddow, a jewelry historian and co-author with Marion Fasel of several books including ''A Century of Spectacular Jewelry'' (1996). ''He would take his ideas to his four designers -- they were his hands -- and they would go on from there to his workshop.''
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