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The history of the hand mirrorsThe earliest incarnations of the hand mirror date back to Ancient Egyptian and Chinese eras, where metal like tin, silver and copper, or a highly reflective alloy were forged into round flat polished sheets connected to wooden or metal handles. These were the earliest versions of the hand mirror, which have since developed into highly decorative, sophisticated, and coveted pieces.
As mirror makers began to perfect the process throughout the 1500s, reflective hand mirrors became much clearer, and by 1835, we saw what we now know as the modern mirrors come to light, as Justus von Liebig had developed the technique of coating glass with silver. These mirrors were difficult to make, which in turn made these items extremely desirable. By the late 1800s, hand mirrors were an essential part of Victorian bedrooms, particularly among the upper classes and well to do. Nowadays, we see incarnations of the hand mirrors take shape of compact pocket mirrors, but they don’t come nearly as close in beauty as the craftsmanship of vintage and antique hand mirrors.