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Portable Slide Looking Glass


Category: Other Travel Items

Subcategory: Mirrors

A teak Campaign Mirror or as the Army & Navy CSL described it in their 1883 catalogue a Portable Slide Looking Glass. The slide referred to the protective cover board that fitted over the glass on a tongue and groove joint, with its mitred, moulding top edge forming part of the frame. The back of the mirror frame has a lectern foot that is adjustable on a piece of cord. It also has a brass ring to hang the mirror.

The serial number 9716 is stamped to the top of the foot but there is no maker's name to the mirror. The A&N CSL used a similar numbering system and it maybe that they made the mirror for another retailer such as Harrods. They produced them in 5 sizes, with this one being the largest and selling at 14 shillings and 9 pence, in 1883. York House and other manufacturers made similar mirrors. This form of mirror is more practical than the similar box mirrors because you do not need as deep a surface to use it. Late 19th Century.

Closed size is given.

  • Dimensions:
    H 44cm x W 34cm x D 4cm
    H 17¼" x W 13¼" x D 1½"

  • Period: Late 19th Century
  • Medium: Teak
  • Country: England
  • Signed: 9716
  • Exhibition: Departure of the 6th
  • Condition: Good. A chip out of top right of slide.
  • Reference Number: 82347