We end our little tour of antique mirrors with this handsome English Arts & Crafts offering. Copper is hammered with a meandering poppy decoration resulting in a mirror that is functional as well as artful.
Poppies—wild flowers from which one can extract a narcotic sedative—are associated with rest or sleep. In some places, the poppy is worn to honor the deceased (for example, in British Commonwealth countries when they commemorate soldiers lost to war). Poppies were a popular botanical subject throughout the Arts & Crafts period and remained popular after World War I.