19th century mahogany framed 'sorcerer's' mirror
Mahogany framed ‘sorcerer’s’mirror, the circular turned moulded frame to bevel edged mirror plate with nine reverse circular convex optics.
English, circa 1850 - 1880
Sorcerer mirrors were an early 16th century design, used to throw light around via the convex optics, thereby giving them "magical powers" - hence the name alluding to a magician or alchemist.
Di: 15.5" (39.4 cm)