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Looking glass

Probably Philadelphia, PA

1780-1810 19-1/2 in x 12-5/8 in x 1 in Mahogany; probably white pine (frame and backboard)

Historic Odessa Foundation, The David Wilson Mansion, Inc.


Part of the lower left applied scroll has broken off

Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. J. Newberry Reynolds to The David Wilson Mansion, Inc., in 1942

This very small looking glass, full decorated with applied scrolls, recalls larger examples labeled by John Elliott Jr. of Philadelphia.  Many other variations existed and many examples were made in England for sale in the United States. 

The backboard is now held in place with a few wire nails, but some earlier rectangular holes exist where cut nails appear to have been used.