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Object Name Mirror
Catalog Number 0985.05.00070i
Date 1899
Description Hand-mirror dated 1899
Included in a set of eight (8) badges, associated with Mardi Gras.
The hand-mirror is gold-tone metal with small mirror in the center (mirror is cracking underneath on bottom left side).
ON FRONT: At the top is a crown and right underneath is a ribbon banner that reads from left to right "CARNIVAL REX (flower shape in the middle) 1899 NEW ORLEANS". Beneath the banner is the mirror; around it are ridged plant like embellishments that continue to the handle of the mirror. The neck of the handle has a line of ridged dots.
ON BACK: At the top is a crown that looks just like the one on the front. Right underneath are two men with a coat of arms in between them. The bearded man on the left appears to be wearing a toga, a laurel wreath and holding lighting bolts in his left hand (Zeus or Jupiter ?). The bearded man of the right is also wearing a toga and is holding a club in his right hand (Heracles ?). In the middle is a shield like shape that has (starting from the bottom left to top right) a mask with strings, a crown and a jester's hat (?). Like on the front there are ridged plant like embellishments that continue to the handle of the mirror. The line of ridged dots at the neck of the handle that was on the front continue to the back.
Dimensions W-3.5 L-6.6 inches
Owned William T. Mumford
Provenance Mardi Gras ephemera belonging to William T. Mumford.
People Mumford, William T.
Search Terms Mystic Society
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras