Early 20th c. Japanned Barber's Shaving Mirror c.1920

$895 $1,550


An original antique barber's shaving standing mirror with a japanned cast iron base and steel casters. The mirror tilts and the height is adjustable.

  • CREATOR Unknown.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1920-1940.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Copper Plate, Cast Iron.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Mirror has a small area where there is damage to the silver backing. One leg has some damage to the cast iron underneath. The piece is structurally sound.
  • DIMENSIONS: H 50-68.5 in. W 22 in. D 22 in., Mirror: H 18 in. W 15 in.


Japanning is a type of finish that originated as a European imitation of East Asian lacquer work. It was first used on furniture, but was later much used on small items in metal. The word originated in the 17th century.

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