Antique Federal Mahogany Fretwork Mirror Frame With Original Backboard. This small mahogany mirror frame dates to the first half of the 19th century. The frame itself is glued together and no nails were used anywhere in construction. Thin mahogany boards were cut in scrolled outline, glued to the frame, and supported in place by eight small glue blocks. The thickness of the scrolled woodwork is a scant 1/4". The frame itself measures 9 1/2" by 11 3/8", and with the addition of the scrolled decoration measures an overall 11 1/2" by 18 1/2". The finish of the frame, if not original, is very old. The back of the frame and the original backboard have good oxidation which also attests to its age. The inside lip of the frame retains gilding which has darkened. There are two notes concerning condition. The first: the bottom inner lip of the frame has a small strip that has splintered off. The second: The upper right ear and the glue block behind it appear to be very old replacements. The frame is typical of the style popular in New England in the early 19th century and would complement any period setting.
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