mirror, hand
mirror, hand
mirror, hand

mirror, hand

Object

Accession Number
2009.003.001.001
Description
Part of an assembled 13 piece dresser set, this hand mirror is part of four matching Gorham sterling silver pieces with ornate embossed decoration in the French taste, the cartouche in the centre back monogrammed with 'LMD' (for Laura Miller Dunsmuir), the five embossed cherubs surrounding the cartouche, the mirror glass backing exfoliating (damage), two additional embossed cherubs framing the bottom of the bevelled mirror, at the top centre is the face of another.
Narrative
This mirror is part of a fine 13-piece silver dresser set assembled and owned by Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles). The set is unusually large and of very high quality. A Canadian woman of Mrs. Dunsmuir's wealth and social status during the Victorian and Edwardian eras would typically have had a dresser set similar to this one. 
History of Use
This hand mirror is part of a fine 13-piece silver dresser set assembled and owned by Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles). She used it at her house Burleith, at Government House while her husband James served as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and at her residence Hatley Park. After her death, it was passed down through her descendents until acquired by The Castle Society.
Date
1900 – 1910
Dimensions
29 cm x 13.5 cm
Material
Metal, silver; Glass
Technique
Repoussed; Engraved; Embossed
School/Style
rococo revival
Inscription
LMD (for Laura Miller Dunsmuir)
Country of Origin
United Sates of America

Related person/business/organization
Laura Miller Dunsmuir (nee Surles) (owner)
Related Associations
Burleith (was used in)
Government House (Victoria, B.C.) (was used in)
Hatley Park (was used in)