A Diminutive George III Period Hand Mirror c.1800

Origin: English
Period: George III
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1790-1810
Length: 7”
Width: 2.75”
Depth: 0.5”

The rare and totally original primitive Georgian period hand mirror retaining the well foxed original mirror plate, to a turned handle, survives from the last quarter of eighteenth century England.

The condition is immaculate and completely untouched. It proves wonderfully tactile to handle with the mirror plate beautifully foxed and the wood with a wonderful rich colour.

Sometimes originally part of a toilet service, this example is certainly a stand-a-lone piece. These original hand mirrors from the eighteenth century are rare now; in fact any hand mirror from the Georgian period is a scarce find for obvious reasons with the vast majority of hand mirrors found now are hailing from the late Victorian and 20th century periods. The earliest made mirrors were hand mirrors; mirrors large enough to reflect the whole body appeared in the 1st century AD.

Utterly delightful.