About this objectThis silver oval-shaped hand mirror is monogrammed with the initials “M. A. B.” which suggests that this item belonged to Maud Alice Buckland. Maud was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful businessmen. She was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers.
As there are few surviving letters, diaries or other documents about the Buckland family, little is known about the lives of the Buckland women or children. However, it is known that Maud attended Mrs. Young’s Lower Glenside School in Auckland. Maud was an accomplished horse rider who often took part in the Pakuranga Hunt Club with other members of Auckland’s social elite. (1) She was also a talented musician and in 1890 was a recipient of the Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s scholarship to attend the New Zealand University College School of Music in Auckland. (2)
According to the silver hallmark, this hand mirror was made in Birmingham, England, in either 1884 or 1909. On the back of the mirror the edges have been embossed with a border of small flowers and leaves.
(1) ‘Point to Point Steeplechase,‘ Auckland Star, 18 October 1897, p. 2
(2) ‘Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s Musical Exhibitions,’ New Zealand Herald, 27 March 1890, p. 5.
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Date Made1884 or 1909
Place MadeBirmingham, England
Medium and MaterialsSilver and glass
Measurements27 x 11 x 1.5cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeHand Mirror