Fabulous colors! A single Victorian face screen in excellent condition, silk embroidery on open work linen canvas, also chenille work and border, and a fine original hassle still in place. Carved or lathe turned handle is also in fine condition. Rarely do we find these in such fine condition, without silk stitching or canvas deterioration or stains or something showing more damage than this old beauty has, but for this one, we think "very good to excellent" fits nicely. Very slightly off 'flat' for the screen, a very slight arch to it if you're laying it flat. I'd frame this one for sure. So pretty! Remember, they are 150-175 years old. Very nice, indeed. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Face screens in Victorian times: These were used to provide visitors a hand-held protective screen so they could sit next to the warmth of hearth to visit, but would not get all blotched in the face by the direct heat of those large open fireplaces in Victorian mansions. Remember, makeup of that era had wax base, and it was also the case that not only cheeks would pink and blotch, but makeup might also melt a bit and run in direct heat. So these were essential for any well-appointed Victorian home.
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