The family who I bought this fantastic large brass mirror from seemed to think that it was a genuine antique. They had bought it from a collectible’s auction, and had paid over R2000 for it, having fallen in love with it. Sadly though they no longer have the space for it (it’s seriously quite large!), and so were having to say goodbye to it – their loss, our gain!
I don’t know enough about this market to comment on whether it is in fact 100 years old or not, although I think it’s safe to say that it has some proper age to it. The silvering on the mirror has aged in the most romantic way – rather than take away from the beauty of the glass, the tarnishing of the silver seems to make the mirror even more attractive – plus you can still see yourself quite clearly in the glass. The frame is made up of simple brass strips surrounded by an ornate floral motif – it’s quite a classical look.
An imposing mirror that would make for a great statement sitting above a mantlepiece, or in the entrance of a home. It would also be brilliant in a bathroom, if you’re lucky enough to have a space large enough for it.
P.S. The number engraved into the glass is normally a way of keeping track of assets. You normally see this done with items owned by governmental departments, but it may be that the mirror was previously owned by a hotel, or some other business that wanted to record its assets
Dimensions: 99.5cm tall x 90.5cm wide