Antique cheval mirrors are a free standing mirror that can be full length in height, ideal to see your entire outfit when getting dressed. Here on antiques world we have some beautiful antique mirrors for sale and if you visit our mirror section on our website for our latest acquisitions. The free standing mirror was not invented until the late 17th Century in the form of a smaller tilting design, called the toilet mirror. They were very small and made to sit on top of a side table or chest of drawers. By the early 18th century due to better craftsmen and designs, mirrors became sturdier in construction with plinth bases and small drawers.  Antique Cheval mirrors were a larger design inspired by these smaller toilet mirrors, first produced in Paris the 19th century. This was due to larger plates of glass now being cast, leading to larger mirrors.  ‘Cheval’ means horse in French, and the name given to the mirror refers to its four supporting legs. 19th century Victorian designs are mainly in Mahogany whereas Edwardian examples can be seen in Oak. For further Details on the history and styles of mirrors visit here. To see our current selection of antique cheval mirrors for sale please see our small selection below but we are adding new stock daily.