A Good Large Victorian Ebonised Full Length Mirror c.1895

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Origin: English
Period: Late Nineteenth/Early Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890-1910
Height: 78.5 inches
Width: 25 inches
Depth: 1.5 inches

Of generous proportions standing at approximately six and a half feet tall, the shop display sized late Victorian ebonised full length mirror with a part-gilt decorated ripple reeded frame having the original leaded mirror glass plate and boarded pine backing survives from the late nineteenth century.

The mirror is in slightly tired but very attractive condition with the ebonised finish chipping and chipped back in several areas. The original heavy plate glass is mainly clear and in good order with two or three areas showing the most foxing, giving the large expanse of glass some welcome character. To the reverse it retains its original stained pine back panels. The mirror has not been restored or repaired in any way and it remains structurally true and sound, and thus remains true to its original condition. If wanting to hang the glass then one could simply add picture hooks and a chain, and there is evidence of this previously having been done in the mirrors history.

The shape and size of this mirror point to intended commercial use, perhaps at a gentlemen’s outfitters or tailors shop and it does lend itself to shop display.

Showing just the right doses of character, age and imperfection but importantly retaining its clarity and intended use.

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