In 1996, in an Antique Fair, I found a silver
hand mirror and its matching silver brush.
Both pieces were decorated, on the back and on the
handle, with embossed flowers and butterflies motifs.
The set, made in England at the beginning of the 20th
century, was a typical example of Art Nouveau taste.
The price requested by the dealer for both pieces was
too expensive, so that I bought only the brush (the
cheapest of the two items), renouncing to buy the
In the following years I continued to improve my
collection, but the memory of "the mirror" and its
renounce continued to be motif of great disappointment
for me and my wife.
But, in 2006, in an antique market, we met "the mirror"
lost ten years before.
It was offered for sale at a price that doubled that
requested so long before (by a different dealer), but
ten years of regrets was a too long time for a new
renounce and " the mirror" was bought.
The maker of both pieces is W J Myatt & Co
Ltd-Birmingham and both bear its "WJM & Co" into a
The mirror has full hallmarks for Chester 1911 while the
brush bears Birmingham 1908 hallmarks.
I don't believe that this is the 1996 mirror (the maker
is the same, but dates and assay offices are different),
but now our brush and its accompanying mirror stand
together among our collection of silver toilet items