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hand mirror frame
  • Plains peoples
  • hand mirror frame, late 1800s–1925
  • Where object was made: Plains, North America
  • wood, metal, brass, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 2 x 10.5 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 11 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0440

This is a paddle-like wooden frame with a handle that flares at the end and has a triangular hole. The wide end has a semicircular cutout above a circular recess. The other end has a triangular cut out. The edges are painted red. The surfaces are painted a dark color, possibly a faded black.

On side one there are brass tacks and very small silver colored nails surrounding the semicircular cutout and circular recess. The circular recess probably held a mirror at one time. There are two brass tacks on the handle with a line of nails above and nails at the points of the triangular hole. There is a single brass tack at the point of both triangles at the opposite end.

On side two there are brass tacks in a similar layout except at the end with two triangles--there the brass tacks form a line through both triangles. There are significantly more nails on this side, edging the triangle cutout and outlining the circular recess and semicircular cutout.