Richard Hudnut Mirror/Blush Compact

A while back Carrie and I were in a town on the Sunshine Coast here in BC Canada called Sechelt. Sechelt is a town full of history as for the longest time it was a resort town for the people of Vancouver BC. They would arrive here by the Union Steam Ships at the dock.

At the end of the promenade along the beach is an area where you can still see the original cottages that have been standing there since 1900-1930, and some might be a little older. This is where our story starts. One of the cottages was used as a Union Steam Ship office where you would  buy your ticket to get on the ferry.

We started metal detecting in this area on public land. You can see that this is still all original. It started off good for me. I found 2 silver dimes  from  1945 and 1947. I also found a crusty penny from 1928.


Then  I found  the Item this blog post is about  a  compact mirror/blush container from the 1930 nestled between the roots of a shrubs growing along the rocky outcrops you have to climb on to see the view of the ocean. Although the next part of my story is fictional but it is definitely possible. A young lady with her beau just came out of the Union Steam Ship  office where they had bought passage back to the mainland Vancouver.

Just before she was helped up on one of the rocky outcrop by her beau she reapplied her blush and stuck it in her handbag. While climbing on to the rocks it slipped out of her handbag and fell to the ground and has been resting there until I came along and found it.



Richard Alexander Hudnut  (1855 to 1928) was the son of a pharmacist. After graduating from Princeton University, Richard Hudnut toured France and returned with the idea of introducing French-style perfumes and cosmetics to American women.  In 1880 he registered his name as a trademark in both France and the United States.

Hudnut began by transforming the family drugstore into an elegant showroom. The makeover was such that the shop now became a tourist attraction, and Hudnut's business flourished. In time, Hudnut's products became so widely known that he closed the retail store and focused on marketing his product lines through wholesale distributors. One of the keys to Hudnut's success was that he sold his less expensive fragrances "on approval". After the consumer paid with postage stamps or a money order, Hudnut shipped the perfume. If the customer wasn't satisfied, Hudnut refunded their money.