Bad Luck…

If one is to believe the omen, I am to suffer seven years of misfortune! I had just finished ageing the looking glass and was flipping it over when, with great ambisinister aplomb, I let it slip, smashing it to smithereens! It fell no more than six inches and would probably have clattered, unbroken, onto the bench… but for the hammer lying thereon.

I originally intended to use up the remainder of the plate that I cut the glasses for the recent Pair of George II Walnut Girandoles and Two Small Mirrors from, but after a change of heart, I ordered a new plate with a one inch bevel from the excellent and ever helpful glass merchants, Varga Brothers (7 Richards Street, Mitcham). Today I contacted them for a second time, explained my luckless antic and ordered a replacement bevelled glass.


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Bad Luck…

  1. Ray Gardiner says:

    Oh no… seven years, you say.
    I trust you have some salt close to hand.. I had to look up ambisinister, and with a flash of insight suddenly made the connection sinister, ambisinister and dexter with ambidextrous… although rather than two left hands, I take the context to be with **neither handed**, rather than **either handed**
    Sincerest condolences, Ray


  2. Joe says:

    Now you can try your hand at making a Silver Eglomisé mirror.


  3. Eric R says:

    I had the same occurrence on a beautiful piece I was almost done with.
    ahhh…the sorrow.

    But, “better to have built & broke, then to have never built at all”…

    I’m sure your replacement piece will be even more grand.
    Thank you.


  4. Jack Plane says:

    Thank you all for your condolences. I expect to have the replacement glass firmly in my grip later in the week. I shall then install it in the fretwork mirror and post, hopefully, of its successful completion.


  5. Gary Roberts says:

    Yes, well, as it is for a period mirror, I believe the seven years curse has expired. Luckily for you, it wasn’t for a modern mirror.


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