Posted 11 years ago
I'm new to the site, but sure am glad that I found it. I had been on the hunt for jade and stumbled across this totally black cockatoo mirror that clinked just like the sound jade makes when I tapped it against my jade necklace I wear while out antiquing. It feels cold to my cheek. It cannot be damaged with a stainless steel knife. However, I definitely do not think it's jade.
In the pictures, you will see what look like a few scratches, but they are not. These are just pesky reflections appearing in my amateur photographs. Taking a picture of a mirror sure is tricky! I think next time I'll lay a peice of paper over the mirror portion.
I'm dying to know what this is made of and where it came from. I cannot find a signature or hallmark on it. I have not pulled up the felt on the back bc it's worn thin and it is the ONLY thing holding in the mirror which makes me think it is quite old. I'm not sure if it would be considered deco or nouveau?
As I look at the edges of the felt on back I can see some of the black looks dull/unpolished. There is also a tiny tiny spot at the bottom back of the handle that has this same dull gray look to it. I used to take pottery and it might be clay...but I'm not at all sure. I have looked up onyx, jet and pressed glass. I do not see anything that resembles a mirror similar to this. I'm guessing maybe it was factory produced since it's perfectly round and maybe it is some super shiny black porcelain?
Your thoughts are most appreciated.