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Hand Mirror

Hand Mirror

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Oval hand mirror covered in red-mottled paper and encrusted with ornamental shellwork on its mirrored side, including small conches around the mirror and iridescent periwinkles around the handle, all edged with gilt paper or composition ornament. Back side is covered with dark blue grained paper and has a brass hanging ring at top center. No marks.
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Object Name
mirror, hand
date made
ca 1890 - 1900
place made
United States
Physical Description
seashell (overall material)
paper (overall material)
composition (adhesive material)
mirrored glass (mirror material)
paperboard (support material)
brass (hanging ring material)
overall: 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 26.9875 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Freeman
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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