Early 1900's Pyralin Sheraton "French Ivory" Dresser Set
Measurements: Mirror: 15" long, 5.5" at widest point, Glass bowls: 5.5" wide, 2.25" tall, Oval bowls: 6" wide, 4.5" bottom to top of handle, 4" across at widest point
This 5 piece set is marked "Pyralin Sheraton". There are 2 oval shaped covered bowls with brass urn shaped handles, one has a tray in the top. There is a large mirror and 2 amber glass bowls - one is a trinket or powder bowl and the other is a hair receiver with a hole in the top. My research indicates that Pyralin was made between 1900 and WWI. The hair receiver: this was for collecting one's hair which was then used to make "ratts" (small stuffed bags) to bulk out one's hairstyle. Pyralin was referred to as "French Ivory" to give it a bit of snob appeal. It is not ivory but a type of plastic very similar to but not the same as celluloid. This set is in very good condition. The glass bowls don't have any chips or cracks, their covers are undamaged. One of the oval bowls has a bit of chipping to the inside of the lid. The other has 2 cracks but no chipping on the inside of the lid. The mirror has a couple dark spots on the back, the mirror glass is a bit smoky in places but the reflectivity is not affected. The mirror is beveled at the edges. This is a beautiful dresser set! The stick pin was in one of the bowls and is included in the sale. It is costume jewelry.