This is the entrance hall to the Carlyle House. On the table is a tray with black armbands for visitors.
After a death in the family, mirrors would be turned to the wall or covered in black cloth. Why? Because it was a time of sadness, not of your own vanity. Also, it was believed that uncovered mirrors were a portal through which demonic spirits could enter the house and steal the soul of the dearly departed. If you look back at yesterday’s photo, you’ll see another covered mirror on the wall above the coffin.