This elegant personalised art deco compact from the 1930s has been engraved with history. A gift to Jean from the Arnaut Brothers John & Rene who were a comedic clown duo in the first decade of talking pictures.
John & Rene Arnaut were born in Sweden to a circus owning father, the two brothers began performing as clowns as small children, working for their father until being offered a contract to perform in America in 1910. The duo performed for many years on the vaudeville circuit, but by the 1940’s had begun performing on television, appearing on programs like The Ed Sullivan Show (1953) and The Milton Berle Show (1948). They sometimes performed with Bertha Biermann as “The Three Arnauts”, but were better known for their two-man act.
The engraving says: To Jean, How is my bird to day. Arnaut Bros 1937. Notice that the words to day have not been joined yet as we us it today.
The compact is in excellent condition with little tarnishing. The mirror is free from scratches but the puff is not present.
Dimensions: 8.5cm wide x 8.5cm long x 2.5cm height. Weight 0.15kg