This is an unusual circa 1900 hand mirror, textured to resemble alligator or crocodile hide. The back of the mirror is shaped to resemble a paw with claws. It has a tarnished silver colored decorative plaque on the back as well, which could be engraved with initials. I haven't tested the metal content of the plaque to see if it is sterling or not. I am not sure what the mirror frame is made from. It appears to be some sort of hard composition material. It contains a round beveled mirror
The mirror measures 9" long by 6" across. The mirror is in just under 5" in diameter.
Condition: There is wear to the finish on the textured mirror frame but this only adds to the illusion that it is actual hide. The silvering of the mirror is intact.
I think this mirror falls into the Arts & Crafts era. I wish I knew what other parts that matched the mirror looked like. I find the purposefully coarse texture very interesting. Perhaps it's rugged appearance is meant for a mans dressing table rather than a ladies?
Item ID: J14mir114
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