This unusual wall mirror is housed in an ornate sterling silver frame which was originally part of an antique purse. The purse's repurposed silver frame has been fully opened and a mirror has been attached to the back with a series of clips. The purse's decorative silver handle has been left in place enabling the mirror to be hung on a wall, but it could also be housed in a tabletop easel for use on a table or vanity. The handle is composed of open links interspersed with solid oval discs. Each disc has been finished in the form of a flower.
The heavily decorated repousse sterling purse frame was made by Gorham and features central cartouches flanked by acanthus leaves. Both cartouches depict neoclassical scenes comprising a group of people in a lush outdoor setting with a large building in the background. The scene portrays a man seated on a raised dais with a sword in his hand. A woman is walking towards him with her arm outstretched while another woman kneels at his feet. A second man approaches the group from the left brandishing a sword. Additional figures are are positioned further down the frame amongst curvilinear foliate fronds.
The lower part of the mirror retains its small circular foliate wreath which was intended to function as a chatelaine for showcasing one small item, typically a diminutive pouch or fan. The frame also has its original floral push-button mechanism used to open the purse. The inside of the frame bears the Gorham three-part hallmark dating the piece to approximately 1880, and also bears frame design number "2395" and the word "STERLING".
The frame measures 8.75" at its widest point and is 8" across at its widest point. The chain has a 6.5" drop as measured to the top of the push button mechanism, and when fully extended the entire piece measures 15" from top to bottom. The visual portion of the mirror is approximately 6.75" by 4.5". As mentioned the mirror is held in place with clips and has been backed with felt.
The mirror is in good condition with no fogging or cracks. As a vintage piece it shows minor signs of age consisting of a few light scratches which are mentioned for accuracy.
This elegant silver wall mirror displays beautifully and is truly a unique conversation piece. A lovely and useful decorative accent.
Antique Gorham Neoclassical Sterling Silver Framed Wall Mirror