I rarely buy a single piece from old vanity sets, and particularly not hand mirrors, but I just could not pass this one by. So beautiful a tortoise shell casement as this one has, inlaid with a diamond of brilliant pearlescent parquet diamonds - well, it's just too pretty. And I think it's got a strong enough aesthetic presence to stand alone on your dressing table top or bathroom counter, don't you? Yes, I thought so, too. It's mid-late 1800s, not later than 1880 I would say, and even the old thick beveled glass mirror remains in very good condition. The coloration in the shell is really quite spectacular - a rich combination of cognac and chocolate.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The shell veneer has been steam-formed around a wooden base form, and you see just the slightest rough spot or two along the seam, one at the narrowest part of the handle. A slight roughness near the bottom seems more a natural flaw than one from wear, and the large size of this one in combination with its beauty will easily overcome these minor flaws. It is truly a spectacular piece!
Item ID: 1011tsmopmirror
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