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Norfolk, VA 23517

Travel mirror with silverplated straps, German, c.1920s


Beautiful and unusual travel mirror by Moritz Mädler in Berlin from around the 1920s. Black leather exterior with three lightly etched Gothic-style silverplated straps across the front, one of the straps also being the lock and the other two being the hinges. Straps have silver mark "A F S" with an "X" above the F. They are reminiscent of old German Bible binding straps. Interior lined with padded light blue silk. Arched mirror is beveled. Stamped on the back with maker's name and location.

Moritz Mädler was considered the most desirable company for luggage in Germany during the 1910s and 1920s. This mirror was most likely part of a large luggage set, sold to match a vanity box or a large trunk.

Mirror folds and stands well. Does not include the original key. Leather is coming off from the mirror on the right side and shows some wear on the front. One square of black is removed on the front bottom and a small circle is removed on the back. The leather around the strap-lock is missing in places. (It looks like it was burned a bit by a candle flame there, actually.) Leather does not show other signs of deterioration. Mirror is discolored in places. Silver straps are in good condition with few scratches and little wear. Measures 12 x 9 5/8 x 3/4 inches. Weighs 2 lbs 4.5 oz.


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