The frame should show reasonable signs of wear and even minor damage. Modern veneer is thin and smooth, something you will not find in old mirrors. I do however remember that the mirror could have been in a warehouse, or on a shelf etc. It is almost ten feet tall and about 2. We have over 100 antique categories, including antique jewelry, antique furniture, antique toys, Asian antiques and many, many more! However, if you just want an estimate of an item's value for your own purposes, you will find that online appraisals are very convenient and usually reflect current prices fairly accurately. Examples include mirrors made throughout the 18th to early 19th century.
Background of the company per Wiki Answers: The Mount Airy Furniture Company was formed in 1895 by J. And don't overpolish: A little tarnish helps define details. This article was first published in in the Summer 2011 issue. The brick and mortar shop has been located in Laguna Beach, California since 1968. Airy Mirror Company under the brand Mt.
Getting a free evaluation of your antiques' worth is a great way to start. If your old mirror meets most or all of these criteria, consult additional helpful resources to help you determine its value. Well, thanks for your post. Many prefer these antiques due to the fact that they are usually well-built from high-quality woods, including oak. Don't forget to bring along a notebook and pen so you can jot down any information the appraiser gives you. However, many of the shop owners you ask do not belong to a professional appraisers' organization; they simply know a lot about antiques and their value. The mirrors at Versailles were all products of the French glassworks at St.
Still, it was worth thousands of dollars. Glass color is another indicator of age. In the more than six years since Barnebys was founded, it has featured over 50 million objects on its site and 1,500 auction houses and dealers as affiliates. Before being mounted in the frame or whatever the case may be. Then you multiply that number by 7 to calculate the mirror's age. Collectors love mirrors that still have the original surface embellished with decorations, such as gilded flowers and shells.
She had stripped the original red paint from the piece just as he pulled into her driveway. Thickness can be tested by holding a coin or business card to the surface of the mirror. Since you have plenty of images to share, you should check out online appraisal sites that will examine the mirror and possibly provide information. I use recycled boxes from local businesses so do allow me a couple of days if you would like me to post and package it. It's beveled and only has one mark of aging. The Glass Replaced glass in an antique mirror frame does not detract significantly from its value, provided the new glass is not visually jarring or too modern looking. In most cases, an appraiser may need a month to prepare your report, but someone who's good -- and busy -- may need more time.
He sped over, but he was too late. An old mirror in mint condition indicates the piece is perfect, with no chips, cracks or breaks. His Hall of Mirrors at Versailles was both a show of opulence and a declaration to the world that French glass had arrived. To submit images, here is the link to the appraisals form on our website:. While determining its overall condition, examine the mirror for identifiable markings, such as the name and date of the manufacturer or the signature of a skilled artisan.
Consider whether your mirror strikes you as particularly stunning and aesthetically pleasing, even though it's very old; a wow factor indicates the piece is just as desirable today as it was long ago and has never really gone out of style. In some cases, the oak dresser or vanity may even come with its original hardware. On a daily basis, Barnebys showcases more than 600,000 fine and decorative art objects on its websites worldwide. The materials used to create this effect have changed greatly over the years. Professional organizations also are a good source of referrals because they work to ensure their good name by making sure members are qualified. That's because the value of an object can rise or fall dramatically over time. It is rare to find a delicately-carved mirror frame with no breakage.
Characteristics of Forgeries The backs of old mirrors will nearly always show several sets of empty screw holes. The ornately carved mirror hangs above the fireplace silently guarding it secrets. To , send an email with photos or fill out their online form. If the appraiser is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, he was required to pass an exam on valuing property and on ethical standards; senior members are required to have a minimum of five years of professional appraising experience, as well as complete four appraisal-related classes. The mirror is only as valuable as the highest bidder makes it. Mirrors of the Federal period may be made of woods such as mahogany with exotic inlaid designs in the cresting, the decorative panels above the mirror.
Colorless glass indicates a modern mirror or replacement mirror glass. Modern beveling is done by machine and it has a sharp, hard edge, which is a good indication of replaced glass. The secondary wood is pine and is venered with Honduran mahogany. Modern sheet glass is typically smooth and free of bubbling, thanks to manufacturing techniques that weren't known in centuries past. Talk to your insurance company or attorney to find out the specifics. Best of luck with your search! That doesn't bother me; does that bother you? We welcome your comments and suggestions.
The glass piece was taken off and stored. As the industry flourished, the factories in the city burned with such constancy that Venetians feared an accident in one of the kilns that would incinerate the city. Online Communities Are Options If you live in a remote area, you might be best served to use the internet as your local source. Ticket-holders can usually get one item appraised for free during these events. Mirror glass was expensive and highly prized in the 18th and early 19th century.