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.
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
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