This object is currently on display in room 202 as part of Plastics. There are 3 other images of this object. This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

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Hand Mirror (probably England), Second half 19th century

This is a Hand mirror. It is dated Second half 19th century and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is molded vulcanized rubber, mirrored glass, gilt metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The molded Renaissance-style ornament of this gutta percha mirror is especially crisp and refined in character. Gutta percha is a natural plastic, made from an East Indian tree resin. Introduced into Europe in the 1820s, it became popular for use in molded furniture elements and small items during the last half of the 19th century. Because of its tendency to become brittle over time, it rarely survives in as good condition as in this piece.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 28.6 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm (11 1/4 x 4 x 1 in.)

Cite this object as

Hand Mirror (probably England), Second half 19th century; molded vulcanized rubber, mirrored glass, gilt metal; H x W x D: 28.6 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm (11 1/4 x 4 x 1 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1992-60-1

In addition to Plastics, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibitions Thom Browne Selects and Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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