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Looking glass

Probably Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



41-7/8 in x 22 in x 1-1/4 in


Mahogany, light- and dark-wood stringing; probably white pine (secondary wood)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, The David Wilson Mansion, Inc.

Accession Number


Condition Notes

The mirrored glass with a beveled edge is a replacement.  The frame has minor veneer losses.  The backboards are replacements.  A strip of wood reinforcing the back of the pediment is also missing.


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


The rectangular looking glass has an ornately scalloped applied top and bottom with ornate applied ornaments at the top and bottom of each wise.  Light- and dark-wood stringing set in the middle of the cross-banded, with cockbeading around the outer edge and a molded strip around the inside complete the front facade of this looking glass.  This inlay updates what had become a popular and common looking-glass type of the 1760s, 70s, and 80s.