Let me introduce one of the rare occurrences of buying a compact and actually being able to find enough information to date it. Thankfully that information comes from the compact itself - not only do we know the manufacturer as Lin Bren but through the patent number we can find it's approximate date. The patent number  which is engraved beneath the mirror dates to 1947-8. So here we have a compact for the post war American lady.
Lin Bren in turn was a leading American manufacturer, not only of compacts but an array of matching fashion accessories. Predominately creating matching sets which this compact no doubt was a part of - these sets normally consisted of a purse or clutch bag. Appearing to be produced of leather, it's made of broadcloth material and came in a section of colours [of course matching the bag] of at least green and black.
This compact came to us at a steel of $6.50 on eBay - especially for it's condition which in intact, clean and complete with it's original branded puff [I just love the chosen font they used for Lin Bren across the ribbon] and sift. Its has a fair substantial weight and build to it, it was defiantly made to last and most of all, I love that right deep red colour.