This pair of Battersea Enamel Mirror Knobs is in excellent condition. Identical landscape scenes (or as identical as hand-painted scenes can be), the knobs are almost 1 ½” in diameter and the posts supporting them are 2” long; overall length is 2 ½”. No chips, cracks or lines in the enamel and the posts are sturdy and without damage. They date to the last quarter of the 18th century and were made in England.
Mirror knobs or rests were used as a decorative way to support Chippendale Mirrors: the knobs would be screwed into the wall (paneling, if possible) and the mirror would then have a place to rest. If you don’t happen to have a Chippendale mirror to support, they have numerous other uses, including doubling as door or drawer pulls, coat hooks, etc. Finding a pair without damage is most unusual. In addition to landscape scenes, similar to what is pictured on this pair, these mirror knobs sometimes had memorial scenes and less frequently, images of patriotic or military heroes.
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