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Vanity Accessories - General

The tradition of grooming oneself before a mirror is as old as human civilization itself. The ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, who caught sight of his reflection in a pool and instantly fell in love with himself, is still widely circulated today as a reminder of human vanity and the value we place on physical appearance.

In ancient Egypt, royalty and wealthy nobles used mirrors to adjust their wigs and apply eye kohl, rouge, and aromatic oils. These and other vanity accessories were buried with their owners in magnificent underground tombs, suggesting their importance as status markers in the afterlife. The use of mirrors, combs, makeup, and other grooming accouterments evolved throughout the 18th century, when European women conducted elaborate morning rituals involving powdered wigs, face powder, rouge, hair accessories, and jewelry. Men also used vanity accessories during this period, adorning their heads with powdered wigs and gazing into mirrors to adjust their trousers to display their calf muscles, a trend begun by King Louis XIV of France.

Today, vanity accessories are essential to almost everyone’s morning routine. Using an assortment of products, consumers act as artists, fashioning their identities and presenting their individual personalities and styles to the world. Brushes, perfume bottles, handheld mirrors, powder boxes, manicure sets, bath products, and countless other vanity accessories are sold at auction.

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LOT OF ASSORTED AVON GIFTS AND CONTAINERS
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF ASSORTED AVON GIFTS AND CONTAINERS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
A Fine Silver Mounted Manicure Set by Charles Boyton & Son Ltd with hallmarks for Birmingham, housed
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
A Fine Silver Mounted Manicure Set by Charles Boyton & Son Ltd with hallmarks for Birmingham, housed
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
Lot of 3 Spring Flowers Soap Bars
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 3 Spring Flowers Soap Bars
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Boucheron of Paris Silver and Gold Vanity Case
Oct 11, 6:00 PM AWST
A Boucheron of Paris Silver and Gold Vanity Case
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD850- AUD1,500
AUD6000 Bids
Old Leather Miniature Manicure Set
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Old Leather Miniature Manicure Set
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
(3 Pc) Ronson And Stylebuilt Vanity Accessories
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(3 Pc) Ronson And Stylebuilt Vanity Accessories
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
Collection of vintage high fashion press on nails
Oct 08, 11:30 PM EDT
Collection of vintage high fashion press on nails
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $35- $40
$250 Bids
Antique Blue Leather Toiletry Travel Case
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Blue Leather Toiletry Travel Case
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A George V tortoiseshell and silver gilt vanity set, London 1929 by H.A & Co
Oct 19, 1:00 PM BST
A George V tortoiseshell and silver gilt vanity set, London 1929 by H.A & Co
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
(24Pc) Antique Bakelite Vanity Set
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
(24Pc) Antique Bakelite Vanity Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
2 Vic dressing table sets & h/painted comport
Oct 09, 10:00 AM AEDT
2 Vic dressing table sets & h/painted comport
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD250 Bids
Antique Manicure Set, Basket, Designer Suspenders
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Manicure Set, Basket, Designer Suspenders
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $75- $200
$250 Bids
MISC HAIR CLIP LOT LOT 1187
Oct 09, 5:00 PM EDT
MISC HAIR CLIP LOT LOT 1187
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Art Deco cased crocodile leather travelling manicure set 24 x 15 cm
Oct 09, 10:00 AM AEDT
Art Deco cased crocodile leather travelling manicure set 24 x 15 cm
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
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19th c. British Mahogany Necessaire De Voyage
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
19th c. British Mahogany Necessaire De Voyage
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $800- $2,000
$800 Bids
(3 Pc) Vanity Vessel Lot
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(3 Pc) Vanity Vessel Lot
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$250 Bids
Dresser items and Cases
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Dresser items and Cases
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $70- $150
$250 Bids
Gold Plated Round Vanity Box
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Plated Round Vanity Box
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Vanity Accessories - General


Akiba Antiques

Akiba Antiques

Adam's

Adam's

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC

Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY