A large Clarke Chapman & Co Ltd parabolic mirror

A superb, large, parabolic mirror which throws the most amazing distorted reflections.

By Clarke Chapman & Co Ltd, who are a company founded in Gateshead in 1864 and still in operation today (originally this piece would have had a military use).

A perfect wunderkammer piece, or for the military collector.

The mirror is glass, silver backed, with a lead backing on which various data is printed.

A rare and unusual thing.


Information printed on the lead rear of mirror (from the top)


(HJ 1925)

Patt. No.3861

10 x 4.6


No 27044 (This number is also etched on the glass rim inside).

21 / / 44

In the centre of the mirror on the inside is a circular etching with a cross hair to the middle and an arrow pointing up. This is marked OPTICAL CENTRE and CRATER LIP DISTANCE 4.6 INS. See photos.


All approximate

Diameter 27cm

Depth 5cm


Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please note: some foxing to the plate.


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