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MIRRORS

In the late 13th century mirrors were being made at Murano near Venice by pouring lead on a hot plate of glass. This process made a much clearer image than the polished metal mirrors used previously. Since the glass was blown and sliced the mirrors were limited and seldom larger than a florin piece. Women wore little round hand mirrors attached to their girdles, around their necks, on fans and concealed in little books. Men had them set in sword hilts, concealed them in their hats, and carried them in silk and velvet cases.
Monastery Girdle Mirror


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
RJ38B
Monastery Girdle Mirror
Sale Price $48
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Goddess Girdle Mirror


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
RJ38
Goddess Girdle Mirror
Sale Price $44
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Floral Girdle Mirror


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.
Sterling Silver

GA4C
Floral Girdle Mirror
$28.00

Silver Round Girdle Mirror


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.
Sterling Silver

GA4D
Silver Round Girdle Mirror
$42.00

Mirror Book

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.

Mirror Book


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!
GA3A
Brocade Mirror Book
OUT OF STOCK

MAGNIFYING GLASSES

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.

Mother of Pearl Magnifier

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.
Antiquities Collection
Regular Price $95 - $19 Off
RJ37G
Mother of Pearl Magnifier
Sale Price $76
Folding Magnifier

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.
Antiquities Collection
Regular Price $90 - $18 Off
RJ37F
Foliate Folding Magnifier
Sale Price $72
Onyx Folding Magnifier

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.
Antiquities Collection
Regular Price $85 - $17 Off
RJ37E
Onyx Folding Magnifier
Sale Price $68
"Ram's Head" Magnifier


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!
Antiquities Collection
Regular Price $75 - $15 Off
GA2E
Ram's Head Magnifier
Sale Price $60


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