This was a well-loved item but carefully used. the carving on the back was done by a very skilled hand. This might fall into the category of Tramp Art but I think it's much better carved than the usual Tramp Art. The well thought out carved design reminds me of Fraktur painting or rosemaeling. There is something Scandinavian about this to me, There's a hole in the handle where a string or a ribbon probably went so it could be hung on a nail or a hook. The entire mirror is about 13" long. The mirror itself is 9" long x a little 4" wide. The handle is 4" long.
The mirror back and handle are made of a tight, sparsely grained wood. It looks like walnut to me. The carving is complex, well laid out and well done--no gouges or haphazard placing of what I can only describe as Pennsylvania Dutch-looking designs. The mirror is beveled and has some very small areas of spotting in the silvering along the edge. But not in the center, where it matters. I don't know if this was a mirror sold commercially, or if it was made as a souvenir for visiting some region of the world. Whatever its history, a skilled hand turned a plain hand mirror into a wonder. Made in the early 20th century.
This could be used by a a man or a woman. The beautiful carving will suit either gender. Thank you for checking in at my shop.
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