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Chicago World's Fair - Century of Progress Enameled Compact

Posted Saturday, February 25 by Brian

hi - Can you please tell me the approximate value of this piece, I believe it is a jewelry compact that belonged to my grandmother.

Also, I have a Charlie the Tuna watch, just wondering if it has any value ....
thank you!
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It is a compact from the Century of Progress, a World's Fair held in 1933 and 1934 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chicago's incorporation in 1833. Compacts were very popular souvenirs at the fair and have survived in surprisingly high numbers. They are still collected by collectors of World's Fair memorabilia, as well as collectors of Art Deco and compacts. There is quite a variety of colors, shapes and styles. Red is a desirable color, but the shape and design are fairly common.

On Ebay, ones like yours usually sell in the $15 to $30 range, depending on condition. In an antique shop, one in excellent to mint condition might sell more in the $40-$50 range. Yours appears to be in very good to excellent but not mint condition (you didn't include a photo of the back), so I think yours would sell more in the $30-$35 range.

I'll do the Charlie the Tuna watch in the next few days.

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