Featured Antique Tri Fold Mirror - Cleaning Advice. French? Translation of Asian Text

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Mill Cove Treasures, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    I actually purchased this as a gift but changed my mind and I'm going to sell it. Is this faux bamboo? How would you suggest cleaning it or should I just dust and leave it alone? I'm going to leave the brass alone but will remove a few tiny green spots of old polish.

    Other questions I could use some help with - Can anyone decipher the Asian Text? I know Brevete means Patented in French but is this a French piece? Are those other marks makers marks? Coat of Arms - real or decorative? Thank you.

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  2. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Pretty cool mirror, but apart from dusting it, I'd leave it alone.
     
  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Nice thing: a bit Beardsley in the image.
     
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Nice workmanship.....bamboo looks real...
     
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  5. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone. Owned, I agree it does resemble Beardsley.
     
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  6. fidbald

    fidbald Well-Known Member

  7. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Fid, I wouldn't think that shaving mirrors were all that popular post WWII?
    Perhaps this is not a shaving mirror, but that what I always think of when I see these tri-fold ones.
     
  8. fidbald

    fidbald Well-Known Member

    Messi, who said it's for shaving ?
    and: do Japanese shave at all ?
     
  9. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    I am confident this is much older than 1950s/60s. Here is a closer picture of the coat of arms.

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  10. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    It looks more like L & B.
     
  11. Mill Cove Treasures

    Mill Cove Treasures Well-Known Member

    In case anyone is interested. I finally got back to this. I found the patent number and I was able find the patent online. The LB on the clasp is a Frenchman, Ludger T. Berton. It appears he had the first patent on mirrors that fold within a frame so they lay flat for traveling and/or just for storing. Here are copies of the patent info.
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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Excellent work Mill Cove ..!
     
  13. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Excellent work Mill Cove ..!
     
  14. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Nice -- thanks for the update!
     
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