Monday, January 10, 2011


pouch style ladies. leftcenterright

One of my favorite old vanity trinkets: lipstick holders! These charming porcelain caddies were popular in the 50s and 60s, and most were made in Japan. There were many metal filigree holders as well, but they arent half as nice as the porcelain figural ones! My favorites are the lady ones, but there were also cherubs, mermaids, angels, poodles, and cats.  Most of the lady lipstick holders are southern belle types with full skirts in which the lipstick tubes are held.

well style ladies. top left , top right , bottom left , bottom right

It seems like there are three main styles of lady-in-a-dress lipstick holders: pouch style, well style, and flat.  In the pouch style, the dress forms pouches for the tubes that almost appear to be pockets on the gown, or folds of fabric.  The well style usually has a bulbous full skirt with deep holes all the way around for tubes.  Flat style the lady is sitting and the skirt drapes around her with quite shallow indentations for the tubes to stand in.

flat skirt ladies. left , right

Below are some interesting mod style lipstick holders marketed towards teens. 1960s made in Japan. The one on the left has a removable head with a little round mirror on the back! Click the link for images.

mod holders for the kids! left , right

  Here's another one I found made for teenagers, which I think is quite unusual and rare. The tag says Ring-a-ding Teens! So cute!

ring-a-ding teens!

....okay and I just have to throw in this poodle one cause I DO collect dog figurines, after all....  I might have to buy it...

it's on etsy!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the comment-in response to your question, she's is actually an Irish-wolfhound cross. Don't worry, you're not the first person to mistake her for a boy either-but despite her rather masculine appearance she's actually such a lady!
    These dolls are adorable, such a great way to hold lipstick!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue