Mirror, Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?OK so, I'm sure you are all perfectly familiar with the concept of a mirror… but just in case ‘a mirror reflects light in a way that preserves much of its original quality prior to contact with the mirror’. Making them an essential component to personal grooming, if not everyday modern life and interior design.
The earliest forms of Mirrors date back to 6000BC when ancient civilisations used mirrors crafted from polished stone, bronze, tin, copper and volcanic glass. Clearly vanity wasn't something that the Ancient Greeks overlooked! However, mirrors were very difficult to produce and therefore were generally only owned by the wealthy.
Way before Alice fell through the looking glass the rarity and mystery of mirrors led to the evolving legends and superstitions. During the middle ages when they were heavily associated with witchcraft and were believed to be the reflection of the soul and hold mystical powers enabling spells to be performed.
Probably the most common superstition associated with mirrors (and one I will never risk) is that someone who breaks a mirror will receive seven years of bad luck as the mirror is believed to reflect part of the soul. Therefore, breaking a mirror will fragment the soul. Heavy stuff!
Finally, it is said that mirrors cannot lie and the reflection will only show the truth (Which personally I think, is possibly scarier than any of the other myths and superstitions!). That said, imagine trying to live a day without looking into a mirror...! Just so you are never caught unaware and always ready to look your best I have popped a few of our favourite compact mirrors below-go on add a touch of glamour to your handbag!
W4568: A Fine Antique George V English Sterling Silver and Guilloche Enamel Compact in the Art Deco Style
W3950: A Fine Vintage English Sterling Silver and Enamel Compact
W3308: A Very Good Vintage 9 Carat Yellow Gold Compact
W3722: A Fine Antique George V English Sterling Silver and Enamel Cigarette / Card Case and Compact Set in the Art Deco Style