Vintage Victorian Style Chrome Vanity Hand Mirror

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My then-seven-year-old daughter found this vintage, chrome Victorian style vanity hand mirror at a church rummage sale in Michigan. She thought it was beautiful and looked like a “princess mirror” and she asked me if I thought she could sell it for more in my online shop if she bought it. I told her it would be a good investment because it was in nice condition so she used one of her own dollars to buy it. She was so excited when it eventually sold and she made more money!

• Found At: Church Sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $1

• Value: Sold for $15 (October, 2011)

• See item listing here.

A Little History Lesson: In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a process for applying a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass. This technique was soon adapted and improved upon, allowing for the mass production of mirrors. (Source:

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