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Federal mirror made in Philadelphia c1825


This beautiful Federal mirror is a size and design that will work in many different places and decorating styles. 

When you're thinking about placement in your home, note that it is designed to hang vertically. (The two "acorns" in the top corners are designed to appear to be hanging.)

Part of the label appears on the back of the frame, and we've included an image of one of the maker's ads as, "Importers of Hardware and Cutlery; and Manufacturers of Gilt and Mahogany Frame Looking Glasses; Brass Andirons, Tongs, and Shovels, Fenders, &c. &c."

I did two things in getting it ready to offer: I replaced mirror itself since it was starting to lose the silvering. In this case, unlike the Chippendale mirror we offered earlier this year, I thought it made sense to go ahead and replace it so that it can be uses as a mirror not simply displayed as an antique.

As shown in the photo with the wiring on the back, I used a method that is designed to reduce pressure on the frame.

I also applied a gold finish to address the places where there was some loss, while at the same time maintaining the gracefully-aged appearance.

If you get this mirror, I hope you'll consider sending a picture once you have it hanging in your home.

— Lee Wright | Founder

The frame has a spiral rope turning with Acorn top finials and ball lower finial drops. 

Mirror back still retains some of the original label affixed to the rear board. A scarce version of an early 19th-C maker.

Gilt loss and over paint with gold paint areas visible throughout the frame with high spot loss. Woodard collection.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Size: 29.75" x 19.75"

    Shipping: $55. Please allow two weeks for shipping.


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