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Art Nouveau Celluloid Backed Hand Mirror Brush Vanity Set


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WELL....., this antique late 1800's to 1900 celluloid backed vanity hand mirror and brush set really takes my breath away, I haven't offered a nicer celluloid set in over 4 years.

Celluloid hand mirror brush vanity set dual lady portraits

It's obvious, by any standard, that this is an exceptional dresser set, not abused or damaged like many of the celluloid sets that are discovered, this one appears as unused.









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Art Nouveau celluloid portrait hand mirror brush set late 1800's  Antique celluloid figural hand mirror brush set

Wow, the celluloid backs depict some of the most colorful and vibrant portraits that I have seen in a long time. The condition of the celluloid is absolutely amazing, I don't ever remember seeing better. I've offered a few really great celluloid sets through the decades but none quite as fine and superior as this set. Even when I tip it into the light, I have trouble discerning even a small scratch. This set presents itself as though it has been stored away all it's life, perfectly preserved. Although it is near pristine, it has one tiny blemish that I believe occurred when the handle was originally applied to the hand mirror. Where the metal handle meets the celluloid, there is a tiny blemish, I suspect that whoever slipped the handle into place, it slightly dented the celluloid. It is not very obvious, there is no split or break in the celluloid, just a little bump. Otherwise, this set is in extraordinary condition, with no apologies whatsoever.  The natural bristle brush looks unused as well.... astounding really but I advertise it for decorative use only, even though this brush looks completely usable and strong. The 5 inch diameter beveled mirror is perfect, clear as can be.

 Antique Art Nouveau celluloid portrait hand mirror brush set                        

As you can see, these 2 Art Nouveau ladies are beauties, indeed. Long flowing hair, one brunette and one dusty blond. Each is wearing a flowing, period appropriate dress, which are a bit risqué, that is, one draping low off the shoulder and the other having a plunging neckline. I want to point out that the blue dress, on the hand mirror, is actually slightly more on the teal side but I couldn't get my photos to show that in the closer view. The true color shows better on the hair brush and the last photo shows it well, at least on my screen. The brass metal rims around the celluloid are in very good condition. When I pass my hand around them, there is barely a dent to be felt. The brass handles are designed with the embossed mermaid and water lily motif, which are the signature handles for these antique celluloid vanity sets. I have cleaned and polished the metal to the best of my ability, being careful not to get any polish on the celluloid, so there may be some minor tarnish remaining but overall, the metal looks fabulous. The hand mirror measures 9¼ in length and the hair brush is proportionately a little smaller. If you are familiar with celluloid, then you know how rare these vanity mirror and brush sets are and to find a set that has the character and quality that this set has, is even more unusual. If you can overlook the one small flaw on this set, please consider adding it to your treasured pieces, it is most deserving of your attention. This Art Nouveau celluloid portrait hand mirror and brush dresser set is the finest, heirloom quality and I will not likely see it again, not in this condition.

                          Antique 1800's 1900 celluloid hand mirror brush vanity set


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