Antique Phi Delta Upsilon Round Guilloche Enamel Necessaire' Powder Dance Compact with Finger Ring
Antique round dance compact with a guilloche enamel orange and white flower pattern on the lid. It's made out of a silvertone metal which once had a goldtone plate, and it has a 5" chain with a finger ring. The bottom has a machine etched circular pattern on it, and it is engraved with the greek letters for Phi Delta Upsilon. Delta Upsilon (ΔΥ) is the sixth oldest extant, all-male, college Greek-letter organization in North America, founded on November 4, 1834, at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. I'm not sure about the meaning for the first letter Phi. The only reason I can think of why Greek fraternity letters are etched on the bottom is that this compact was given from a member of the fraternity to their beloved. The interior is filled with a round block of white powder. The paper on the bottom indicates that it was made for Coty in N.Y. The enamel on the lid is fine, and there are no flaws in the mirror inside.