Sumptuous silver mounted dressing table mirror by William Comyns, London 1893. Quality easel table-mirror with mounted silver frame holding an original heart-shaped, bevelled mirror plate. The broad silver frame featuring hand-chased gadrooning and vacant cartouche to top. Shaped back and easel support covered in blue velvet with blue moiré fabric to support reverse and recess. Made by renown silversmith William Comyns of London in 1893. Fully hallmarked. The mirror measures 35 cm in height and 28 cm in width. A beautiful item in any setting.
This important firm of silversmiths was established c.1858 by William Comyns when he purchased a business from Robert Tagg (initially founded c1730). Tagg, who had succeeded John Tapley as a silversmithing outworker, vacated premises at 40 Roupell Street, Waterloo Road – himself moving to 2 Carlise Street, Soho Square, where by 1859 he listed as a silversmith. William Comyns subsequently registered his first mark from Roupell Street in 1859. He moved to 1 Percy Mews, Rathbone Place, 16 Silver Street, Soho, and finally to Beak Street, Regent Street where the business later expanded to 41, 43, 45 and 47 Beak Street. The firm made a significant impact in the early 1880s by supplying increasingly large numbers of decorative wares in silver. Additional premises were taken from c.1903 at 54 Marshall Street, Soho. William’s sons (Charles Harling and Richard Harling) became partners c.1885 from when the firm traded as William Comyns & Sons. William died in 1916 followed by his son Charles Harling who died in 1925. The business was incorporated as limited liability company as William Comyn's & Sons Ltd., registered on 20th October 1930, with R.H. Comyns as permanent governing director. After Richard’s death in 1953, William Comyns & Sons Ltd was purchased by Bernard Copping. They are now one of the few surviving manufacturing silversmiths in London, with premises at Comyns House, Tower Street, London, WC2.
Fine Antique Silver Dressing Table Mirror by William Comyns London 1893
This silver table mirror is in excellent condition commensurate with age. Exceptionally minor signs of use to the silver frame. Original undamaged mirror plate with minor age spots. Back and support have been professionally recovered in quality blue cotton-velvet fabric. WC hallmark partly hidden by fixing – shown with fixing removed in image. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.
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