For those who want to hide their vanity! An intricate filigreed circular pendant swivels open to reveal a mirror tucked away inside. Both sides have the beautifully sculpted design with only the mirror side being pierced. This mirror pendant is approximately 2" in diameter and hangs from a 32" chain for attaching to your girdle or for wearing around your neck.
Antiquities Couture Collection
Regular Price $60 - $12 Off
This elaborately sculptured girdle mirror depicts a Greek goddess in the center of an ornate design. The other side has the same outer design with stylized foral center. Slide the cover aside to reveal the small mirror. This mirror pendant is 1 3/4" in diameter and measures 2 3/4" high including the unusual "twisted" bail. It suspends from a 32" chain for attaching to your girdle or for wearing around your neck.
Antiquities Couture Collection
Regular Price $55 - $11 Off
A floral design decorates the back of this classic beauty. This girdle mirror pendant measures 2 3/4" in height including the handle and the oval mirror is 1" X 1 3/8". It comes with a 24" chain for attaching to a girdle or for wearing around the neck.
Flowers decorate the back another classic beauty. This girdle mirror pendant measures 4" in height including the handle and the round mirror is 1 1/2". It comes with a 24" chain for attaching to a girdle or wearing around the neck.
In the mid-sixteenth century it was fashionable to disguise
the pocket mirror as a little book, looking like a prayer book.
A small hand-mirror concealed in "a little book with an
embroidered cover" was found among the possession of Anna,
"Queen of the Romans," consort of the future Emperor Maximilian
II, on her death in 1547. The courtiers at the court of King
Henry III of France carried their mirrors in book form in their
right-hand breeches pockets. Queen Margaret of Spain, wife of King
Philip III, had a pocket-mirror in a book cover set in enamelled gold.
What appears to be a small book is really a painted wooden form in the shape of a book with a small oval mirror and gold decorations attached to it. A brocade cover completes the clever disguise and a small ribbon holds it closed from prying eyes! Hangs from a cord for attaching to a girdle.
If you want people to think you are pious, but you are really vain, this book is for you!
Although eyeglasses had come into use by the end of the 15th century, the most common seeing aid
during the Renaissance was the "quizzing glass or perspective glass" a small magnifying glass that was used for reading and examining small items.
Many paintings show these sometimes ornate objects, such as Raphael's Leo X painted in 1517, showing the first Medici Pope
holding a magnifying glass in his hand with an open tome on the table in front of him. Another painting of Pope Julius II by
Vernet shows that pope holding a magnifying glass while discussing the plans for St. Peter's with Michelangelo.|
This unique magnifier has a handle embellished with long mother of pearl rectangles and heavy gold accents. The overall length is 3 3/4" and the 2X magnifying glass measures 1 3/4" in diameter. It hangs from a 36" chain for attaching to your girdle or hanging from your neck.
Regular Price $95 - $19 Off
Folded away, this magnifier looks like an oval pendant with an intricate leaf design etched into the front. The overall length is 3 3/4" including the ornate bail. The 2X magnifying glass measures approximately 1 3/8 in length and 1" in width. It hangs from a 32" chain for attaching to your girdle or hanging from your neck.
Regular Price $90 - $18 Off
The handle of this magnifier is embellished with onyx cabochons and silverwork. The glass folds in out of the way when not in use. It hangs from a 36" chain for attaching to your girdle or hanging from your neck.
Regular Price $85 - $17 Off
This incredible piece has a 32Ē heavy rope style chain attached to the magnifier. The pendant starts with a cornucopia style swirl, and retreats down to a green and blue enamel design right before a sculptured ramís head. The ram is holding the 1 1/4" diameter magnifying glass (2X magnification) in his mouth. Overall length is 4 inches. Amazingly period looking!
Regular Price $75 - $15 Off