Emergency signaling mirror

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Glass, enamel
Overall: 4 x 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm)
Rectangular tempered glass mirror with black enamel surface covering part of reverse; orange lettering with instructions for use; pierced in one corner with hole for braided cotton neck cord.
Gallery Label: 
This type of emergency signaling mirror, known as the ESM/1, was used in the United States armed services during World War II. The Army Air Force adopted this model in September 1943. By mid-1944, the ESM/1 mirror was added to many existing and newly developed emergency and life raft kits.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ivan C. and Marilynn Gelfman Karp
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group