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On 25.04.04 Cindy Peterson from North Lauderdale, Florida, USA wrote:

I am looking for the attached Kigu compact with an underwater scene. I would love to find out the age, name, value or any other information that may help me locate one. I don't know if you are dealers, but if so I'd like to request your services. Thank you for any help you can offer.cindy

After some rooting around, I see that your family is not dealers of Kigu compacts but in fact actually KIGU. My apologies for my ignorance! this compact is approximately 95 mm in diameter.

Dear Cindy, We failed to find the compact in any printed catalogue but did eventually find it in some internal records dating back to 1951. The compact was from our 54-series and its catalogue number was 309. I haven't seen one before either and guess that the design will be pretty hard to find again. I hope that the above information is of use to you.
Kind regards, David Kiashek

Dear Mr. Kiashek, Thank you for the information. I will be looking for the compact and hoping to be lucky enough to find one. I appreciate your time and your lovely products. Sincerely, cindy

Many thanks. I have just discovered Compacts and their beauty. I came across the website by doing a search on Kigu - there you were AND all the info I need to get me started/keep me interested. I don't need to search on the other makers I was about to. I am bookmarking and going to return (frequently). Keep up the good work. Best wishes, Keely 09.04.03
A brilliant website - very informative. Lindalsykes@aol.com 21.03.04
I have loved looking at your site (found from a link on the BCCS site). I have learnt a lot. It is an excellent resource for all collectors and a boon to new collectors like myself. Best regards, Vanessa Shaw 11.02.04

On 24.01.04 Penny Tomalin wrote:

Dear David, This is a lovely and very helpful site indeed. Yesterday I bought my first vintage compact ever - hope it wasn't the snowball to start the avalanche ;-) - it looked irrisitable. It's a Mother of Pearl (Convertible) Compact; unused, 3x3 inches wide. The interior and bottom look like those of Cat. Ref. 90-85, but the top shows 5x5 mother of pearl inlays in a gilt metal fitting similar to the Square Pill Box - Cat. Ref. 48-85. Could you help me on details, please, since I'm quite curious about it. Kind regards, Bridget. PS Came by your site via Google.

Dear Bridget, Thanks for your e-mail. I am afraid that 'once bitten' by compact collectors' bug then it's very difficult to stop collecting. You have one of our 693-series Mother of Pearl compacts. The following link gives you some other images in the same series: http://www.vintage-compacts.com/KIGU-MENU-1970-693%20Series.html. The ref. number would have been 693-85 MOP and it was made throughout a fairly wide range of years - c. 1965-75 as it was quite popular. Kind regards, David Kiashek

On 24.01.04 Penny Tomalin wrote:

Hello, As a complete newcomer to the world of compacts, I have enjoyed browsing your website. I recognise the name Stratton on compacts, but until I bought my compact, I had not heard of Kigu. I could not see one like this in your gallery, and I wondered if you could tell me something about it. The central pierced roundel has a layer of black material underneath it (plastic, I think) and the compact has it's original fabric wallet (which is in poor condition) and a plain white box. I've included some photos. Thank you for your time. The distance around the outside of the compact is approx 290mm and the diameter is approx 92mm. 'Hope this is what you need., Penny

Dear Penny, Hi, it appears that your compact does not feature in any of our catalogues. Our best guess is that it is from our Caprice range - made in our factory in Caernarvon, Wales (but branded Kigu) and dates back to the late 1950's. Many of the very early compacts from Caprice from that era dont have entries in any catalogue as they would have been made specially for one of the large jeweller groups. Sorry we cant be more specific than this. Kind regards, David Kiashek

Thanks very much, David. I appreciate you 'wading' through your catalogues on my behalf :) I shall tell my friends that it is unusual!
With all good wishes, Penny

On 28/01/2004 Deborah McGrew from the USA wrote:

I have a Sterling Silver Musical KIGU Compact and on the box it says Traumerei No. #4315. It was given to my grandmother by my father. He had purchased it in London. Both have sinced passed and I would like to know what year this musical compact was made. Thank you, Deborah McGrew
Dear Deborah, Thanks for your e-mail. We would need you to send us a photo to identify the musical compact as we made many different shapes and decorative finishes. Then we may be able to give you a rough date. If, however, the compact is sterling silver then you should be able to see a hallmark date - this will be far more accurate than us looking back in old catalogues as we made these compacts over a 20-year period. Any jeweller will be able to tell you the date from the hallmark. Kind regards, David Kiashek
Thank you for your quick response. The web site has opened my eyes up to the most beautiful creations. I had no clue! Deborah

I was delighted by your Kigu site. I am an ex member of BCCS. Ann Cartwright

On 20/01/2004 Gideon Hills from Japan writes:

Dear David,
Thank you for a wonderfully presented site. However I was trying to find my compact but couldn't see it here and was wondering if you could help me?
It looks like the 1960's Bolero, gold type and in the middle of the top there is a small oval with a wave pattern radiating out and around the edge is a flower design. On the back there is a tiny circle with the same wave pattern radiating out but no flower pattern. I hope this is enough for you to give me some idea as to this compact.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely, Gideon Hills. Japan

Dear Gideon,
The compact you have is actually featured on our website in a silver finish (Ref. 78-02 SP) - yours is our Bolero Loose Powder Compact - Ref. 78-02 GT (in Gilt finish). You may see the silver version at the following link:
Your 40 year-old compact looks in excellent condition! Look after it well!
Kind regards, David Kiashek

HI . Very good and interesting site. I collect cigarette cases, some of which also have a compact section . Good luck in the future. Regards Arthur Deakin. N.E. England

It gave me real joy to see your beautiful collection of compacts. Thank you. Tessa, Australia.

Dear David,
As a BCCS member, I regularly look at your fascinating website. I am writing a short feature for our next newsletter about 6 Kigu compacts in my collection featuring pictures of ballet dancers. My reason for contacting you is to enquire whether your family ever met the Hungarian ballet dancers Nora Kovach and Istvan Rabovsky? They were among the first Hungarian dancers to be sent to study in the Soviet Union and defected to the West in May 1953, while in Berlin. I have recently bought a Kigu compact which has a portrait of Nora Kovach on the lid with the words in tiny block letters, "Norah Kovach in Don Quixote". (Her name is usually spelt as "Nora") The picture derives from a portrait by the Madrid photographer Juan Gyenes and is shown in their ghosted auto-biography, "Leap through the curtain" by George Mikes.

This is the only one of my 6 Kigu ballerina compacts to feature a portrait of an actual dancer and I was fascinated to find her adorning a compact with its famously Hungarian origins. I hope you may be interested in this and wonder if members of your family ever met these Hungarian celebrities of the 1950s?

Please forgive me if this sounds in any way impertinent or intrusive. I do not wish to be so, but just love research and following different lines of enquiry about my collection.
With best wishes, Jenny
(Jennifer Duncan / 20.11.2003)
Reply 21.11.03:

Dear Jenny,
I have just spoken with my mother and she confirms that they (my parents) were very good friends indeed with Norah. She has many old photos of her and also mentioned that Norah and George Mikes did much of the background work for her autobiography in our garden. You may contact my mother directly (Irene) and the two of you can have a good old chat!
Kind regards, David

Dear David,
I had a lovely chat with your mother about Nora. I thought you may like to read the little feature I have written for the next BCCS newsletter. It will be accompanied by 8 pictures for the photo page, but these would take too long to send via a normal modem, but I shall send you a picture of the compact with Nora's portrait on a separate email. If I can, I hope to improve on my photo, but it is very hard to capture these compacts with a translucent finish!
Thank you again for putting me in touch with your mother and for your kind response to my enquiry.
With best wishes, Jenny

Your web site is very interesting - I have just started collecting compacts so is a good source to go to.
Thank you. Hazel.
Wales, United Kingdom. <hazel@touch43.freeserve.co.uk> 31.10.2003

I currently have a gold coloured compact made by and stamped kigu. It has a raised jewelled crown on the centre of the lid and is marked patented above the mirror and made in england at the base of the mirror inside. Please could you tell me a little more about this. Many Thanks. Margaret Johnson, England. UK.

Reply: 25.10.03

Dear Margaret. Your compact was originally introduced in 1951 in its plain Engine Turned finish (without the crown). The original compact was from our 252 series.

The compact was re-launched to commemorate the Coronation of the Queen in 1953 under the Cat.Ref. 51-05 ET/MJ Gilt. It appears that it was made for the American market primarily and its wholesale price was US $1.30 ea.

We trust this will be of interest to you. Kind regards, David Kiashek

Hello David,
I have at last found someone to help me send this photo of the compact I would like identified. It is 91mm. in diameter. Yours electronically, Dave Hedger. 16.09.03

Reply 22.09.03:

We have managed to trace your compact to our records dating back to 1951. The original compact number was our 304-Series and the pattern was called "Old English". The 304 Series was later renamed to the 54-Series.

We hope this information will be of interest to you. Rgds, David Kiashek

Thrilled to find your site, I have a small collection of exquisite powder compacts and pill boxes bought Leonard's Hairdressing Salon in the 1970s. I am thinking of cataloguing these, would you like to see the result? Kind regards
from Angelina Bosco. Angelina@AGDaviesaol.com 25.08.03

I have been looking on your website, hoping to find some information on an item which I purchased recently at a local sale. I have attached pictures for you to see this item, which I believe to be a cigarette case. It has, unfortunately, some damage to the beautiful pale pink enamel but all the marcasite is intact and the inside of the case is clean and appears unused. My question is this - have you any idea how old this piece might be? I believe it would date from the 1950's, but am not sure! I do know that it is a beautiful piece and I am only sorry the enamel has the little surface marks, as it was surely once a stunning item. I love your website and have now put it into my Favourites!
I have collected compacts and vanity items for about five years now and have some lovely pieces, but have never joined a collectors' society or club, but now I may change my mind!
I do hope to hear from you soon, hopefully with some information on the case. With kind regards, Kim Watson

Reply: We produced two very similar series of cigarette cases in identical finishes - the only difference being the length of the case. The older series (named Dolphin Series, Cat. Ref. 96- ) took 12 of the 'standard' cigarettes and measured 77mm x 40 mm. The second version (still called the Dolphin Series) measured 90 mm x 40 mm and took 12 'King Size' cigarettes.

Your cigarette case looks like it takes the longer 'King Size' size and would therefore have been made c. mid. 1960's. The older (shorter) Dolphin Series would date back to c. mid 1950's.

Made from Gilding metal (brass) your cigarette case would have been finished in a translucent pink lacquer on top of silver plating and finished off with a simulated marcasite jewel decoration (called 'Marquetta').

I found your site by entering "Compact Collectors" on the Yahoo Search engine. As an avid collector for years I was pleased to see your site. One question when you have a moment please. What year was your first compact made? I am doing research on the origins and history of the compact and would appreciate the information. Thank you for the years of enjoyment I have received from my collection of KiGu's. Barbette
Barbette Roach <Chabaroach@netscape.net>
Madera, CA USA -

Enquiry 12.08.03:
Hello, I have a Kigu of London compact, and I would like some information if possible. The compact has a design on it which is very similar to the Cherie compact 58-T618, but in shape and style it seems to be like a 1960-70 compact 693 series. Unfortunately the veneer on the design has been damaged and is beginning to peel. I would like to know if it possible to get it restored, who to take it to, and approx how much it would cost. If you could give me any other information that would be lovely. I am not a collector, and have no knowledge of compacts at all. I just like my compact very much. Many Thanks, Jan Le Gopupillot

Reply 13.08.03
Dear Jan, It sounds like you have a 693-T618 compact. This would have a water-slide transfer applied to the polished case followed with several layers of lacquer. Once the lacquer is chipped then it is very difficult to stop further damage and corrosion to the brass casing. In order to restore the compact you would need to find the original water-slide transfer which no longer exists and then strip down and totally re-finish the casing which would need to be re-polished and lacquered again. We dont know anyone who could do this for you unfortunately. Perhaps yopu could find a similar one for sale through e-bay? Quite often you come across as-new condition compacts being offered.

Kind regards, David Kiashek

Thank you very much for your reply. The information is perfect.

Regards, Jan 13.08.03 <jan_le_goupillot@hotmail.com>

I found your site when looking for info about my compact its a gold coloured globe, complete with puff and powder filter, its made by KIGU and comes with its own little black draw string pouch. Can you tell me how old it is and if it has any value
carol morse <carol@morse06.fsnet.co.uk>
Gwent, UK -
I found your site by searching for 'compact collectors' I have four early 20th century compacts in an ornately beaded purse that belonged to my wife's grandmother. My wife and I are in our fifties. I am interested in their apprasal and sale. One is dated 1934 'A Century of Progress Chicago', with script initials DM on cover, square, 1.5" X 1.5".
Marty Murray <MurrMade@bellsouth.net>
Charleston, SC USA -
Hi there...I have a beautiful Powder compact made by Kigu and would like to know it's value. It is quite stunning and in excellent condition for it's age. I have a photo if anyone would like to see it..just email me back, thanks very much, Suzy
Suzy <suziebevins@hotmail.com>
Inglewood, New Zealand -
Have your mother of pearl cigarette case but there are not details on what metal it is made of and how much it is worth. Bought it at an antiques fair, would love to know more please.
Christine Wilsdon <Christine.Wilsdon@btinternet.com>
London, UK -
I have a Stratton compact and am looking for the Sifter and Puff for the compact. I was recently in London and looked in many stores but could not find these. I need the sifter size 70mm and the Puff size 60mm. Are these still available and where can I get these? Thank You.
Martha Koenigsknecht <pmkoenigsknecht@aol.com>
Fenton, MI USA -
Many year ago I was given a small box as a child.. not knowing were it came from, I placed it in a draw only seeing it when we moved house. Last night I was laying in bed thinking of this tinny box I was given and thought I would find out more about it.. My father inlaw was born in England and worked hard as a jeweler/ siliver smith, one of the best in the country, he and his family moved to Australia more than 35 years ago.. When I was telling him of this box he pulled out a book on British Jewellery published by Clerke and Cockeran Publishers limited Year unknown.On page 255 we found a advert for the company KIGU and my search started. Now I new were the box game from I only had to find out what it was.. Looking on the web page I found out it was a Mother of Pear Party case - ref 74-85 BLK/WH mine in not blk/wh only white.. My question is.. on the web page it says it was made 1960!! is this so and if so what was the cost of it then and what is the cost today if I sold it.??? I do hope you can help me on this question many thanks.. Mrs M Vernon
Mikki <vernons@dodo.com.au>
western australia, wa Australia -
I have 2 R.M.S Ivernia compacts made by stratton and was wondering if you could tell me what they are worth? Thanks
Jennifer <j.oneil@hurontel.on.ca>
Wingham, ON Canada -
I am not sure if you receieved my first comments regarding my Grandmother and Mother working at your factory in Waldo Road and I did not fill in my e-mail address. My mother would like to know if you will be putting any more pictures of you staff on the website or perhaps you could e-mail them to us. My mother worked at Kigu from about 1948 until I was born in 1955. I actually have one of the small basket compacts with the flower design on the top but unfortunatley I hve lost two of the stones, could you let me know how I could get them replaced? I am sure my Mother has some interesting memories of working in the factory. Hope to hear from you soon.
Elaine Cogan
London, UK -
Just found your website through a search engine,wondered if any one could help.I have a Kigu powder compact which has a cigarette holder underneath & a lipstick holder on the side.It is gold coloured with flowers embossed on it.Still has the powder & puff inside.I know nothing about it or it's value. It was bought for me from an antique fair.
mrs d watts <dawn.watts1@ntlworld.com>
leics, uk -
Dear Guests, Please can you make sure that your correct e-mail address is given if you would like us to contact you. Joy James (below) - if you read this then apologies but we tried to contact you but your e-mail address is unknown!
Web Master <info@vintage-compacts.com>
London, UK -
i have been given a kigu musical compact it has a shell like base in a gold colour,and a black top with marquasite inlay it plays minuette and i have been told it was bought in 1955.i can not find its likeness anywhere,i have looked on the internet ect,i was hoping you could give me some info on its history.it also has a gold pattern and black drawstring bag i dont know if this is origional.can you help shed some light on this wonderful gift?
joy james <joy@willows.bs.freeserve.co.uk>
bristol, uk -
A brilliant website. Thank you for letting me enjoy it.
Kath Ward <kath.ward3@btopenworld.com>
Barnsley, South Yorkshire United Kingdom -
I have had a Stratton compact for many years and am at the moment trying to track down a new gauze sifter. My nearest city is Brisbane, Australia and any information would be gratefully recieved. I have enjoyed finding out so much information about my much loved compact. Pat
Pat Barat <highmead@bigpond.com.au>
Ipswich, Qld Australia - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 18:12:20 (CST)
Greetings from New Zealand I throughly enjoyed viewing your website. I was given a compact with the Kigu name on it and decided to look it up on the internet and found one exactly like the one I have. It is a Mother of Pearl compact and the ref 90-85 on your website. I was wondering how much is one of these worth new and also one second hand....
Helen Mataki <helen.matt@inspire.net.nz>
Feilding, New Zealand - Thursday, November 07, 2002 at 00:40:32 (EST)
It took me a while to find the name but the website was worth the search. I have two powder compacts which I am looking to sell on Ebay and wanted to know the makers identity - Guess what they are KIGU !! Neither seem to be in the photo archive but then that's the fun of collecting. Thanks for posting such a great informative site. Best wishes - Graham
Graham Andrews <grhandrw@aol.com>
Eastbourne, East Sussex UK - Monday, November 04, 2002 at 12:32:17 (EST)
Dear David Marvellous website, a labour of love that I'm sure is appreciated by the growing band of compact addicts. Keep up the good work.
Julie Al-Ali <julie@al-ali9003.freeserve.co.uk>
Lancaster, UK - Friday, November 01, 2002 at 16:06:13 (EST)
I have a number of KIGU compacts that I have inherited a globe a solid silver and a square musical one. I love them and want to start collecting, didn't realise until I seen this website how many people are into it! They are fascinating and I want to find out more
Pamela <pamela.armitage@nehb.ie>
Ireland - Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 06:58:40 (EDT)
David, I have a gorgeous goldtone gold marcasite bow brooch that you may want to see. My question is how much jewelry did the KIGU Co. make and how early? Please reply!!
Joyce Simmons <simmonsjo@yahoo.com>
Sparta, NJ USA - Monday, September 16, 2002 at 01:09:53 (EDT)
We were on a "marche aux puces" today at Dannemarie - Alsace. Found a compact for 3 Euro (no. 99 in our collection). Looked into. Saw KIGU of London. Went home and entered KIGU and london at www.google.ch. Got this beautiful website. And now we are very exited about all the beautiful compacts we do not have. Our new one looks like one of the 693 series. And we would like to look at all of them - is there somewhere a museum or a collection which can be visited? Thank you and best regards from Switzerland. Rosemarie
Rosemarie Abraham <reinhard.abraham@vonroll-isola.com>
Erschwil, CH - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 13:01:12 (EDT)
What a stroke of luck finding this web page! A few years ago, my Mum gave me a small music box that belonged to my Grandmother, which turned out to be a KIGU musical powder bowl. It is the square box, with silver legs and a marquesite top as shown on your 60's page. I was wondering if there is any information out there on how to restore this beautiful little item. The finish seems fine with just a tiny bit of discolouration, however the mirror inside the lid is missing, and two of the legs are a big wobbly. The music box plays "Limelight" beautifully, and still has the Thorens paper inside. I'd never part with it, but I'd like to try and bring it back to it's origiinal condition. Thank you!
Irene <Irene@beer.com>
Toronto, Canada - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 19:02:43 (EDT)
great site found it through a lot of searching. i collected for a while and was a member of the BBCC renewed interest and hope to rejoin I have quite a few Kigu compacts your site has inspired me to keep searching. More info would be nice pictures great
barbara burbage <barb21&onetel.net>
nottingham, uk USA - Monday, July 22, 2002 at 16:29:44 (EDT)
my late father,loved the nat king cole song called stardust,so my daughter was overjoyed when she saw in an advertisement someone selling a compact playing this particular tune. She purchased the compact as a gift for me as my father had recently died.It is marked Kigu and your site has been so informative,and now i have something that is not only very beautiful but a loving memory of my father.
Kathleen Toppin <kathytoppin@hotmail.com>
Birmingham, England - Thursday, July 04, 2002 at 12:40:02 (EDT)
Fantastic site.I have two kigu compacts but want more, they are beautifull.
Trudy Chappell <compacter@f2s.com>
england - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 18:49:24 (EDT)
David, Hope things are well with you. Can you help please ? If you check out the BCCS web site and look at the Questions and Answers page you will see a couple of queries relating to Kigu compacts and puffs. If you can help our members it would be greatly appreciated. You can reply via my e-mail address -thank you. Janine British Compact Collector's Society
Janine West <JANWEST24@hotmail.com>
Sandhurst, UK - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 04:19:57 (EDT)
Do you know where I could purchase old store stock Tangee lipsticks? or powder?
Denise Kromka <Nadine3822@earthlink.net>
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 01:25:18 (EDT)
Loved the colours of the items (Photos) would enjoy seeing more and information - just a novice collector but only have one kigu at present- still looking out for more. Had the info through my newsletter from BCCS,
Chrys Chamberlain <crazymama@smudge1062.fsnet,co,uk>
maesycwmmer, s.wales.uk - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 11:59:56 (EDT)
I have been given a kigu flying saucer compact, this one does not have the butterfly or play music but is beautiful none the less what I would like to know is what it actually worth? I am not thinking of selling but I am interested as I have now found this site and have found out a lot about it apart from the price. Thanks for your help and great site... Lisa
lisa <lisaspicer@myrealbox.com>
london, uk - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 14:51:54 (EST)
Great website. More photos and more information please (when you get time!). I have 3 KIGUs - none of which are shown, typical. Not sure how I found you as I have waded through so many different websites, sorry. I have had a job finding any info on compacts, so thanks for the link to the British Compact Collecting club.
Mandy Green <MandyGreen@cartad.freeserve.co.uk>
Tadley, Hants UK - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 10:49:44 (EST)
Great web site, I have just become interested in collecting compacts and found the site educational.
e cope <copee90@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 16:24:53 (EST)
Wonderful web site.....Ebay showed me the first KIGU Compacts.....thank you for your informations about Cherie 58 Series.....I own one of them......the collection is growing......Ruth
Ruth <mctornie@pacbell.net>
Cupertino, CA USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 11:08:41 (EST)
Wonderful website.
Leslie Rubner <RbnrL@aol.com>
London NW, USA - Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 14:21:39 (EST)
A wonderful site. Have just started collecting. Was inspired by an old Miss Marple film.
Jeannie Johansen <keithj01@epix.net>
Pen Argyl, PA USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 22:19:13 (EST)
I only recently began collecting compacts and have been using ebay to purchase several compacts, and recently one of the entries alluded to the kigu website, so viola!! I had no idea as to the range or quality of the kigu brand since the only reference books I can find are very slanted to the american brands. Of the fifteen compacts I now own three are kigu and I am currently bidding on two more via ebay - your website is ab/fab and I look forward to seeing more entries
alice <alice.alice@team.telstra.com>
brisbane, qld australia - Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 22:37:41 (EST)
This is a great website! I have just begun my search as collector for compacts and cigarette cases. I was wondering if you could guide me to some places shop in the Washington DC metropolitan area? I look forward to the completion of your website.
Pat Harrison <harrisop@seiu.org>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 12:56:07 (EST)
We have recently inherited a Kigu Powder compact from our grandmother. It is of the musical kind and has the word concerto inside the compact. It is very similar to the one featured on this website except the edging is slightly different as is the silver design on the front of the compact. If anyone has any further information where I can find out about this specific design it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Lisa, Vicky, Kerri <Cutiez34@aol.co.uk>
London, England - Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 10:54:21 (EST)
I have come across a Kigu musical compact but at the moment I cant seem to trace it.It is approx 3" x 2 1/2" oval, chrome with a enamel pink rose set in the centre. It is very similar to the 1970,s design.
karen Crook <crazymoma@aol.com>
uk - Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 14:48:22 (EST)
Quel magnifique site...j'ai conservé jusqu'à maintenant le "compact" Mother Pearl de mon adolescence...et j'en acheté ..quelques autres. Je suis vraiment aux anges de voir tous ces beaux modèles et d'en apprendre davantage sur l'histoire des "compacts"....Wonderful site thanks you
claire <Clairehlt@hotmail.com>
Longueuil, Canada - Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 13:19:01 (EST)
I just inherited a "Flying Saucer" the blue one with stars that you have pictured. Where can I find more information about it? Value, restoration, etc.
Julie <juliedewar@yahoo.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 22:18:23 (EST)
Hello: I cannot find prices for the compacts I am looking at. Please include prices because it makes it easier to shop. Thanks, Elaine
Elaine Roy <elenchus@cfl.rr.com>
Rockledge, FL USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 14:28:16 (EDT)
re: my last entry: Seems like I could have been right and this is a pill box. It has a plastic type inside. Can anyone out there help?
Keili Lawrence <keili@lawrence45.freeserve.co.uk>
UK - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 17:30:36 (EDT)
Amazing what you find out. I love little boxes and have a small gold quite ornate round one which I had assumed was a pill box. How dull can I be? I just looked at it closely for what must be the first time and I realised it said Kigu on it, I searched for Kigu on the internet and found this site and realised that my "pill box" is in fact a compact! How strange that today I just bought a Stratton compact at an auction - must be fate!! None of your compact resemble mine so I am still at a loss as to its age etc. Oh well, more research called for I guess!
Keili Lawrence <keili@lawrence45.freeserve.co.uk>
UK - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 16:42:17 (EDT)
Great site,being new to collecting and only having two kigu compacts so far I can't wait to see how many more I can collect. Best Regards Jacqui
Jacqui Reay <Malcolm@woodburn84.freeserve.co.uk>
england - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 14:29:57 (EDT)
Hi, We saw you at last years BCCS convention. Only just got round to viewing the site and we love it. I will add it to our links page and hope you might add ours to yours. It makes such a refreshing change to find companies interested in their past. We have found recently after trying to do research that big department stores aren't interested. We are doing an articel entitled fragrant Newcastle. If you know of any details relating to sales in this city in the North East of England we would love to hear form you. We are especially looking at Fenwicks, Co/op, Bainbridge and Binns. Fragrant regards, Irene
Irene Mac Gregor <commonscents@easynet.co.uk>
Durham, UK - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 16:46:14 (EDT)
A great find! I'll keep an eye open for updates - the more information the better.I am in the process of creating a links page from my website & would like to include this website if that's ok. Please let me know. It was a pleasure meeting you at the BCCS convention in 2000. Kind regards Wanda Ingham
Wanda Ingham <wanda@decogirl.co.uk>
Stevenage, Herts England - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 18:12:05 (EDT)
David, Reference a previous message I have just about finished designing the British Compact Collector's Website and am almost ready to publish it. Would you like to link to our site and vice versa ? As I mention you by name and Kigu several times it would easy to set up. Please let me know a.s.a.p. and I will let you have all the details and advise when the web site will be up and running. Regards Janine
JANINE WEST <JANWEST24@hotmail.com>
sandhurst, uk - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 08:48:08 (EDT)
Angela Chipchase <chipachase@aol.com>
Sonoma, Ca. USA - Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 04:11:37 (EDT)
Dear Sir or Madam, I am so happy to have found your web-site. I am new to collecting compacts...being a REAL woman I have great appreciation for what you do. In addition to loving your compacts, I am also "resurrecting" the art of "table cut" handmade gloves. With respect, Catherine Dawn Czarnecki-Basiszta
Catherine Basiszta <cbasiszta@hotmail.com>
Bellevue, WA USA - Monday, August 06, 2001 at 14:55:03 (EDT)
Congratulations. This is the best web-site on COMPACTS I have ever seen ! May be I will start to collect those wonderful objects. Are there any made of crystal ?
Peter ROSNER <peter.rosner@tirol.com>
INNSBRUCK, A Austria - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 09:10:49 (EDT)
Just found your most informative site by browsing on Sundfay I am a collector of compacts and find yours to be beautiful. Are you still making them for sale? Thank you Cathy
Cathy Pierce <syensid@adelphia.net>
Lancaster, NY USA - Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 11:10:03 (EDT)
I am a BCCS member and enjoyed your film and display at our convention. I had heard about your website via other members. Now that I am finally online I couldn't wait to see it. Thank you so much for the work involved, this website is 'Compact Heaven'.
Annette Dale <a.f.dale@ntlworld.com>
Newport, Gwent U.K. - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 19:03:23 (EDT)
where can I find a complete list of all compacts made by stratton
Heather Fletcher <hev21@armonia.fsnet.co.uk>
Stafford, uk - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 16:16:56 (EDT)
i want to find out more about a compact and lipstick holder i have black background with pink large iris flower.
catherine galbraith <ratking9@hotmail.com>
scotland - Saturday, June 02, 2001 at 15:07:33 (EDT)
Heard about your marvellous website from BCCS
gill holmes <gillaccentors@hotmail.com>
USA - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 13:39:42 (PDT)
I found your web site just spending a couple of hours searching on my own. Wonderfull site, beautifull pictures. I e-mailed one of the people who had left comments and she very kindly gave me the address of BCCS which I about to join. Have only been collecting compacts for 2 months but have already found 2 lovely Kigu compacts. Can't get hold of a digital camera yet but would like to e-mail pictures when I can. When will you be adding some more pictures and perhaps dates to your site?
Mandy Watts <MWtts1@aol.com>
Kent, Uk - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 11:54:41 (PDT)
Thank you for such an interesting site! I just acquired my first KIGU compact at an estate sale & now I don't think I'll ever stop collecting, at least not for the next couple of years anyway! If I email photos of the compact, will you be able to tell what year it was made? Thanks again.
Linda Gibson
Apopka, FL USA - Monday, May 21, 2001 at 12:14:49 (PDT)
Justa very straightforward no nonsence site, that you can trust But I have question for you. I have a nice Stratton queen Elizabeth commemeterave powder compact with inlade white figures on the lid, I want sell it now and would to know what Ishould ask forit thanks again yours sincerely Neil Jamieson.
NeilJamieson <neil.jamieson@ntlworld.com>
Oxford, u.k. - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 22:35:55 (PDT)
I found your Web site to be very interesting and informative However 1 question. We have a very nice stratton compact which has an imbost white figure on it, it is a queen elizabeth commemetorive item, and we would to sell it . how much should we ask, thanks again sincerely Neil Jamieson
Neil Jamieson <neil.jamieson1@ntlworld.com>
Oxford, u.k. - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 21:44:03 (PDT)
I found your Web site to be very interesting and informative However 1 question. We have a very nice stratton compact which has an imbost white figure on it, it is a queen elizabeth commemetorive item, and we would to sell it . how much should we ask, thanks again sincerely Neil Jamieson
Neil Jamieson <neil.jamieson@ntlworld.com>
Oxford, u.k. - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 21:41:15 (PDT)
A great site. I belong to the Compact Collectors Club and have been collecting for a number of years. I have about 250 compacts including many lovely KIGU examples. Thankyou for letting me read a little bit of history about the name of KIGU. Sue
Sue Martin <suejm@hotmail.com>
Barnstaple Devon, UK - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 00:27:07 (PDT)
Joined the BCCS recently and have been collecting for about 10 months. Started with my mum's Stratton 21st birthday gift from 1953. Now have a few Kigu's in my collection including an interchangeable initial compact which I understand is from the 1960's. Have you any details about it? Got your web address from the latest newsletter - very nice to see some of the compact which I have in my collection.
Sue Thompson <compact@thompsons0.freeserve.co.uk>
London, UK - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 07:20:23 (PST)
Thank you for a very delightful and informative site which I found through BCCS of which I am a member. I am paricularly fond of Kigu compacts and will send you some photos of some from my own collection.
Laura Powell <mail@susiecooper.org>
UK - Monday, January 22, 2001 at 05:34:04 (PST)
I am a new collector. I found you through Lady A's Link. Although, I would dearly love to see text about design and prices I still found your site a valuble reference. Alas, living where I do, I havn't had the good fortune to come across a KIGU in person.
Karen Reid <karenreid@dellnet.com>
West Richland, wa USA - Friday, January 19, 2001 at 21:47:23 (PST)
Recently found a Kigu of London convertible compact among my grandmothers things and didn't know where to find out information about it until I found your site. Thank you.
Caroline Bain <stuart@duncan45.fsnet.co.uk>
Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 06:57:02 (PST)
I am a member of the B.C.C.S. and have several Kigu compacts which I value. I met you at our Convention recently and enjoyed seeing the film and your compacts and having a chat with you. I am setting up a website for the BCCS and obviously would like to link up with you - I'll contact you later when it is underway. Is a book on the cards - it would be fascinating ? Regards
Janine West <janwest24@hotmail.com>
sandhurst, uk - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 06:21:17 (PST)
Dear David, So good to see your family's Compact making history so beautifully documented. signed Guido
Guido Reidy <guido@buddhaworld.freeserve.co.uk>
London, UK - Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at 12:14:15 (PST)
Nice website!! I love compacts too! You have a lot of great information on Kigu. I'll link your website on my links page. There are so many compact collectors online and I know they will be interested in your information. Thank you! Andra at Lady A Antiques. You can access my website at: http://www.lady-a.com
Andra Behrendt <andra@lady-a.com>
Western Springs, IL USA - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 18:41:26 (PST)
Dear Mr. Kiashek, Your site is wonderful, and I'm happy to have found it through a search engine! I've been collecting ladies' compacts for 13 years, and recently built a website of my own, to sell off some of my accumulation. I found your site to be extremely interesting and informative. It's great that you've included so much history here, along with manufacturing dates, etc. Please let me know if you would like your link added to my links page the first of January: http://www.vanity-treasures.com/links~01.htm, as I would be happy to share your site with fellow collectors. Your time and efforts putting this site together are greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Dawn Kinnaman
Dawn Kinnaman <dawn@vanity-treasures.com>
Knightstown, IN USA - Friday, December 22, 2000 at 09:06:13 (PST)
Browsed with Mother - beautiful pieces. Where can they be bought? Keep going with the site.
Diana Willetts <diana@thewillettsfamily.co.uk>
Bewdley, UK - Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 04:18:02 (PST)
A very interesting site!!!!!
Diana Willetts <willetts@enta.net>
Bewdley, England - Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 10:35:38 (PST)
I have just recently started collecting compacts, and have joined the BCCS - this web-site is a good reference point for a new collector, and I would be interested to see a book? in the future, and maybe the opportunity to purchase some KIGU compacts?? Keep up the good work!
Louise Marshall <marshall@louiseandjohn.freeserve.co.uk>
Stockport, UK - Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 12:36:05 (PST)
I am a BCCS member and very pleased that you found each other. Maybe some of our questions can now be answered!
Karin <m00qhc00@cwcom.net>
UK - Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 14:16:05 (PST)
i found your site very interesting. If I wanted to purchase something from your site how would i go about doing so?
Glen <glen@ellis73.fsbusiness.co.uk>
UK - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 14:13:18 (PST)
Great website. I have a number of kigu compacts, the best find being a musical one covered in I think mother of pearl with a kidney shaped powder part. The musical part plays exceedingly well. I am unsure what decade it originates. I am a member of the compact society. Any ideas or clues?
katy gerry <mailto:katygerry%20uk%20@%20yahoo.%20com.uk>
USA - Saturday, November 11, 2000 at 15:08:25 (PST)
I have just started to collect 'Vintage Compacts'. After reading your webpage and looking at some of the most Beautiful Compacts made by 'KIGU' I am pleased to tell you that my First ever Compact was a 'KIGU' and it certainly was not the last. Keep adding to your website as I certainly will be back. Thanks again for this wonderful site. Joyce Gray P.S.I can just see it now : "Vintage KIGU Compacts" by David Kiashek
Joyce Gray <Joyce_Gray@go.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 17:14:54 (PST)
Just like to say how much we enjoyed meeting you both at the BCCS Convention yesterday. Your knowledge and helpfulness, not to mention the film, gave us much more insight into the world of KIGU compacts.
Val and John Gainsley
- Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 09:53:16 (PST)
Member of BCCS. Enjoyed the site - will you be bringing out a book?
Huddersfield, UK - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 06:35:10 (PST)
Dear David, AT LAST I've managed to see your website- well worth all the effort! Excellent photos and a clear but imaginative lay-out with lots of useful information. Several BCCS members have told me how much they've enjoyed it already, so please keep adding to it. We're looking forward very much to seeing you both again at the convention next weekend- I suspect you'll be kept very busy!! a All good wishes to you both, Juliette Edwards
Woking, Surrey U.K. - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 01:31:00 (PST)
An absolutely stunning collection. Thank you for a great web site -so much detail, just what a collector hopes for. I am a member of the BCCS and obtained your address from our recent newsletter. Look forward to meeting you at our convention.
Ann Wilmot <daveandann@tinyworld.co.uk>
Bristol, England - Saturday, October 28, 2000 at 14:59:14 (PDT)
I've just started to collect compacts so I'm really happy to find such great information. I have one kigu compact so far, and hope to own many more in the future. They're beautiful!
Clair James <clairljames@yahoo.com>
Birmingham, England - Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 05:17:58 (PDT)
my first visit site looks BRILL
BarbaraGilbert <sgilbert@igclick.net>
manchester, UK - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 10:59:42 (PDT)
After seeing my niece's compact collection in August this year, I followed her lead and commenced collecting these beautiful items myself. I joined the BCCS and obtained details of your web site from the recently distributed newsletter, and have enjoyed looking through the contests of the site so far. I have accumulated a total of 60+ compacts and am pleased to have a few KIGUs among these. Unfortunately I shall not be able to attend the BCCS Convention but would have been interested in seeing your compact display. I look forward to completion of your web site.
JILL SMITH <jills1@tinyworld.co.uk>
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 10:37:17 (PDT)
sorry! left the m from my e-mail address!
amalia ramsey <amalia_ramsey@hotmail.com>
UK - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 04:22:09 (PDT)
What a fantastic website! I heard about it from the BCCS magazine. Kigu compacts are a particular love of mine and I have quite a few in my collection. I found your website most interesting, the design, colour photos and information totally absorbing. I am looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful compacts at the convention in November. I also look forward to website updates. Many thanks, Amalia Ramsey.
amalia ramsey <amalia_ramsey@hotmail.co>
U.K. - Monday, October 16, 2000 at 16:04:36 (PDT)
What a wonderful website, I to am a member of the BCCS and have Kigu compacts in my collection, some of which are not yet on view on the site - basket, suitcase, musical minuette. I shall definetly be visiting again.
Jill Winney <jillwinney@hotmail.com>
Scunthorpe, UK - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 00:52:16 (PDT)
Sorry, forgot to leave my web address: www.janhynes.co.uk
Jan Hynes <jan@janhynes.co.uk>
Weston-super-Mare, UK - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 15:41:15 (PDT)
Bye the way, I forgot to mention I am a member of BCCS from whom I got the address of your website. regards
Georgia Draper <derekd@btinternet.com>
Canvey Island, uk - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 08:07:31 (PDT)
I was very interested in your website as I collect compacts. I have a KIGU which I am unable to date. It is round, gold coloured with a circle of petitpoint embroidery in the centre of the top. If you can help with an approx date of manufacture I would be very grateful. regards,
Georgia Draper <derekd@btinternet.com>
Canvey Island, u.k. - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 08:04:52 (PDT)
Your website is wonderful and your Hungarian collection is superb. Every collector's dream. I am a member of BCCS and your address is in our latest newsletter. I am very much looking forward to seeing you at the convention. I have several Kigu compacts which I love and I also have a small personal website, address above, on which you can see them if you wish. I shall probably spend hours drooling over your website and I'm sure we shall be all be spellbound when we see your collection on display at the convention.
Jan Hynes <jan@janhynes.co.uk>
Weston-super-Mare, UK - Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 14:39:33 (PDT)
I am a member of the BCCS and learned of your brilliant web site from the latest BCSS newsletter - forgot to mention this in previous email.
Brenda Lever <scarflady@cableinet.co.uk>
USA - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 11:11:51 (PDT)
Wonderful site. I'ma member of BCCS. Have quite a few Kigu's amongst my collection including one which is very similar to 2 that are in your 1950's ads. Mine is round but instead of the ship or horse which are in the adsmineis a siamese fighting fish. It was one of the first compacts I bought. If you would like a picture let me know.
Fiona Melville <fiona.melville@virgin.net>
Stirling, UK - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 09:51:27 (PDT)
I too have many Kigu compacts, the Hungarian page is absolutely fantastic, the designs and colours are lovely, thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures and information with collectors worldwide.
Brenda Lever <scarflady@cableinet.co.uk>
- Friday, October 06, 2000 at 14:33:32 (PDT)
Wonderful, a great collection, hope to see more in the future. member BCCS. I tried to make contact, several years ago, with the lady to whom you sold a large number of your compacts, she was not co-operative and never replied to me, what a pity!! I have many KIGU's in my collection and always hope to find more.
Jadwiga Garnett <Len@warsaw.freeserve.co.uk>
Manchester, UK - Friday, October 06, 2000 at 13:08:41 (PDT)
Wonderful pictures!I have a few Kigu compacts,and don't know their exact dates of production.One was given to me by an aunt and It's huge still with the box etc,would love to send some photos and find out a bit more if I could.I am a new collector,still only have about 25 of varying makes and one musical one which I managed to repair but don't know the maker.I loved this site Thanks.Elizabeth I also have a tiny roungd compact which is marked Jean RAVON,have never seen tis in any of the books I have any info?!
Elizabeth Mitchell <Elizabeth.Mitchell@nationwideisp.net>
Scotland - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 14:57:30 (PDT)
This is a test message as the Guestbook has had to be re-installed. Apologies to those who left messages prior to this which went unrecorded ....
David Kiashek <David@Kiashek.com>
London, UK - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 16:57:57 (PDT)