Antique Hand Mirror Dresser Accessory Florence Patented Victorian 1800’s
This is a fabulous antique Victorian hand mirror and is very rare. The top has an intricate molded design of flowers and scrolls which appears on the back of the face as well as the handle. The beveled mirror side also has the elaborate detail on the handle. Just at the top of the handle this piece is marked “Florence Patented”. The mirror frame is probably made of gutta percha. This is a natural rigid latex thermo plastic material popular in the Victorian era. The oval mirror is beveled. The full length mirror measures approximately 9 5/8″ long and about 4″ wide at the widest part of the oval mirror section. It is very solid and quite heavy.
This mirror is probably from the Florence Manufacturing Company in Florence Mass 1866-1886. If so the material could be “Florence compound” developed by that company. The frame could also be bakelite. In any case any of these materials are an early form of plastic.
This mirror is presented as “in found” condition. I have cleaned it up only minimally. There is more cleaning to be done. There is some discoloration of the frame and the mirror itself has issues, although in my opinion it is perfectly aged and looks authentically antique. I would not necessarily replace it as it is a beautiful beveled mirror and there are no cracks or chips. The integrity of the frame is good. There are no dings or bends or cracks. But I am leaving the restoration process up to the new owner. Some like to clean this type of item more than others. Some would leave the mirror and others would want to replace it. Some would scrub and some would not. The integrity of the frame is good.
This is a vintage item, it has been loved and used. It may/will show signs of wear as most items of this age do. I have described the condition as I see it. Please look carefully at the photos and read all of the description. This item is being sold as is.
Tags: vanity item, vintage hand mirror, gutta percha, Florence accessory