This Edwardian hand mirror is from Chester, England and was made in 1904. The sterling silver is hand-hammered, and catches the tarnish well, lending to a beautiful pebbled finish. A smooth oval decorates the center of the piece, and the maker’s mark of HGWN can be found on the edge. The charm of this tiny mirror is that, although it reflects things clearly and accurately, it shrinks the images ever so slightly to fit within the frame of the mirror—with a very subtle tint that gives whatever it reflects an antique glow as if the image were straight from 1904. When looking into this mirror, it’s easy to imagine all the other faces that have peered into it over the course of over a hundred years!
The mirror is attached to a circular bail that measures 6mm across, so the mirror can hang as a pendant around your neck. The mirror is 1 1/4” wide and 3” tall, including the bail. It weighs 7.5 grams.