Powder bowl

We have a number of products made by Betterwear and it is a company we would like to know more about.

Powder bowl
Case number - 0_6441
Powder bowl in the shape of a lady wearing a crinoline dress.
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designerUnkown - Wanted
materialUnknown - Wanted
Date1950-1959 (circa) - Wanted
Dimensionsheight 140 mm, diameter 155 mm
Methodinjection moulded
InscriptionMoulded: "Betterwear. Regd. Design"
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Powder bowl AIBDC: 0_6441 Who was she modeled on?


One of my very favourite objects. I can't believe that there hasn't been a single comment, especially given the Betterwear lead. We will lose this little lady from the site if there is no comment by tomorrow. What a shame that would be.


Thought I would see what I can find out about this stunning lady. There seems to be some confusion between Betterware and Betterwear. This link - http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/408834/UK-Knock-Knock-Whos-There-Betterware/?DCMP=ILC-SEARCH - suggests that they are the same company and that Betterwear became Betterware on being saved from bankruptcy. There is something Betterwear in the National Archives but it has not yet been digitised: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C1431816.


That is interesting James. Thank you so much. Can anyone enlarge on this?


The "Crinoline Lady" returns. http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-betterwear-lady-crinoline-269204843






Thank you Yvonne for these interesting images. Really nice to see the powder puff which is missing from the one in the museum. I am so sorry not to have responded before. I only saw this message just now.

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Powder bowl: Case AIBDC : 0_6441

Please tell us all you can about the company, Betterwear.

Betterwear bought in 1983 and became Betterware


Well done Agent Rees  . It seems that Betterware came to the rescue of Betterwear and they are thus one and the same firm. There is nothing about that on the Betterware website though.

We need to check with Betterware if they used to be betterwear