How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

Updated on October 24, 2019
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The ornately carved mirror hangs above the fireplace, silently guarding its secrets. It is an exquisite addition to your sitting room and a conversation piece long admired by family and friends. Having never given it much thought, you now find yourself curious as to the old mirror’s lineage and value. The discovery process will require a bit of determination and detective work on your part. By employing a combination of physical inspection, research, and expert advice, you can uncover its past and find out just how much your old mirror is worth.

You've owned the mirror for years, yet know nothing of its past or value.
You've owned the mirror for years, yet know nothing of its past or value. | Source

Where to Start?

In most cases, a direct correlation exists between the age of a mirror and its value. Mass-produced examples from the early 20th century do not command the same price as handcrafted antique mirrors from the 1800s and earlier. So, zeroing in on the time your mirror was made will be the first step in determining its value. Begin by performing a thorough inspection of your mirror to see if you can gather enough information to make an educated guess as to its age.

Examine Your Mirror

1. Check the Mirror Glass

The reflective silver mercury backing of an antique mirror breaks down and oxidizes over time, appearing as random cloudy spots around the edges and across the mirror surface. If the mottled patches on your mirror look too uniform, it may be a reproduction mirror plate. Glass color is another indicator of age. Old mirror glass has a distinctive yellow or gray cast. Colorless glass indicates a modern mirror or replacement mirror glass. Unfortunately, both instances will negatively affect the value of your mirror.

Good Info to Help Identify Antique Mirror Glass

2. Inspect the Back

The back of your old mirror also reveals much about its age. Antique mirrors typically feature a wood rather than a paper backing. Examine the construction to ensure all nails, screws, and hangers are true to the period. Hand-forged fasteners will look extremely crude and irregular compared to modern, machine-made versions. Inspect the back for a mark or tag indicating the maker and place of origin.

3. Look for Clues in the Frame

The overall condition and material used to make a mirror frame plays an important role in valuation. Look for imperfections that differentiate a handmade mirror from a pristine reproduction. The frame should show reasonable signs of wear and even minor damage. Old frame materials include solid wood, wood veneer, plaster composition, or metal. Examine the mirror frame for extensive restorative work. A sloppy or obvious repair job will detract from its value.

Check the Condition of Your Mirror Frame

Antique mirror frames can be made from wood, metals or a composition material such as plaster.
Antique mirror frames can be made from wood, metals or a composition material such as plaster. | Source

4. Take Note of Fakes

There are some really talented people out there whose sole purpose is to fool us into thinking we own a valuable an antique mirror, when in fact it is an artfully crafted reproduction. They do an excellent job replicating old mirror glass, frames, and even hand-wrought hardware. If you find yourself completely stumped when examining your old mirror, try some of the following tips to further determine if your mirror is the "real deal."

Research Online Antique Sites

Check reputable online antique sites for similar mirrors. A broad search of "antique mahogany mirrors" can produce millions of results and leave you highly frustrated. Look at online photos of old mirrors to identify a time period and style. Once you have a rough idea of the age and style of your mirror, use a combination of descriptive keywords to narrow your search as much as possible.

Words such as "Georgian," "Regency," "Empire," "Louis," or "Victorian" will refer to the monarchy at the time the mirror was made. You can also use keywords like "baroque," "directoire," "gothic," or "neoclassical," which indicate the style of the mirror and also point to a time of manufacture. In addition to giving an idea of value, online antique sites often include details about each mirror—information that may provide insight into the history and rarity of your mirror. Corroborate your findings by consulting multiple online antique and auction sites.

Characteristics of Antique Mirrors From Different Periods

Period
Years
Characteristics
Gothic
Early 1600s and prior
Pointed arch shape, linen folds, elaborate carvings, dark oak
Baroque
Early 1600s to 1700
Oval, gilding in gold and silver, cherubs, carved foliage and garlands
Rococo
Early to mid 1700s
Rectangular, walnut and mahogany, gilding and bronzing, shell motifs, highly ornate
Neoclassical
Mid 1700s to early 1800s
Oval with flat base, gilded gold or silver, restrained, leaves branches and urn motifs
Georgian
Early to mid 1700s
Rectangular or oval, symmetrical, veneer over oak, fretwork scrolls
Regency
Late 1700s to early 1800s
Oval or round, mahogany or gold gild, leaf motifs, Eagle and flags, convex mirror
Victorian
Early 1800s to 1900
Oversize and rectangular, metal or dark wood, heavy ornamentation

Visit Free Appraisal Events

Not everyone is lucky enough to go to an Antiques Roadshow event. However, you can find ethical antique dealers, auction houses, and organizations that offer free appraisal events and services. Contact your local antique society for events in your area. Visit reputable antique dealers offering free appraisal services. Never rely on the opinion of a single dealer, visit several to get a good feel for your mirror’s actual worth.

Try Your Luck at a Free Appraisal Event

Find an antique appraisal event in your area and go on a quest for your mirror's history and value!
Find an antique appraisal event in your area and go on a quest for your mirror's history and value! | Source

Hire an Appraiser

If your investigative work to this point suggests you might own a valuable, old mirror, consider investing in a certified appraisal. An antique appraisal will lend credibility to your research and establishes value. Written appraisals consist of a complete item description, an opinion of fair market retail value, and an indication of replacement value for insurance purposes. Appraisers charge flat fees or hourly rates, which can set you back several hundred dollars based on the amount of information requested.

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Questions & Answers

  • I have an old looking mirror with the numbers 10/5063 written on the back. What is the meaning of those numbers?

    Those numbers are for identification. They typically mean who made it, where it was made and the date of manufacture.

  • I have a mirror made on April 8th, 1957, with electric copper stamped on the back. It is very heavy, and about 3x4. Does the copper backing make it more valuable?

    Electro copper plated mirrors from the 1950s aren't really any more valuable than mirrors manufactured today. Most mirrors now are backed by aluminum heated in a vacuum that bonds to the glass surface.

  • What is the value of a Irving and Cassons-AH Davenport Co federal mirror?

    I've seen several Federal period mirrors from Irving and Cassons-A.H. Davenport designs such as Georgian and French Empire values from $600 to $900.

  • I have a mirror and was wondering what value it has? L'Artes made in italy and made in italy ART 769 is stamped on the back of a LaBarge sold mirror.

    If it is an Italian LaBarge mirror the value could be from $500 to $2800 which would determine the date of manufacture if it is in good condition.

  • How do I figure out the time period and value of my mirror?

    Take multiple pictures of your mirror (including any numbers or maker's marks) and show them to an antique appraiser or send them to an online appraisal service.

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    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      5 days ago from Arizona

      Giarretti, the heavy solid wood mirror is an antique or vintage. I haven't been able to find the numbers on the back of the mirror.

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      Giarretti 

      5 days ago

      I have a vintage mirror 56" x 40". It has the numbers 845 5800 on back. The frame is solid wood. Very heavy. It has a wood backing. I can see the mirror is held in place by small pieces of nailed wood. Any info?

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      Linda Chechar 

      8 days ago from Arizona

      Maureen, The Lenoir Mirror Company is in North Carolina. I've seen a 1950 decade that's $195.

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      Maureen McDonnell 

      8 days ago

      I have a mirror with Lenoir February 27, 1957 etched on the back and wondered how much it was worth.

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      Linda Chechar 

      9 days ago from Arizona

      Beth SF City Guide: The gallery

      mid 20th century Carl Forslund quaint vintage oval mirror. The mahogany dressing wall mirror made in Grand Rapids in Michigan.

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      Beth SF City Guide 

      9 days ago

      You replied: "Beth SF City Guide -- This San Francisco mahogany dressing mirror is $799."

      Where or how can I find more information on this?

    • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Chechar 

      11 days ago from Arizona

      Becca, there are three interlocking oval circles that are large vintage triple oval gold mirror circles that are Hollywood Regency ornate style.

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      Becca Dancer 

      12 days ago

      Hi .. hoping you can help .. I’ve got a extra large double ornate Gold mirror.. I can’t find anything other than a triple

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      Linda Chechar 

      4 weeks ago from Arizona

      Cyndi-- The antique Hagemann metallic lead armored rosewood mirror in condition. The glass is a genuine polished plated mirror. On the edges of this mirror there are some black. The frame has acorns are on top of some leaves. The one I found online is $250.

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      Cyndi 

      4 weeks ago

      I own an oval Hagemann mirror and would like to know the value

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      Linda Chechar 

      5 weeks ago from Arizona

      Beth SF City Guide -- This San Francisco mahogany dressing mirror is $799.

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      Beth SF City Guide 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a mirror with this information on the back: W. P. F. & CO. SAN FRANCISCO NOV. 7 1896.

      Where/how can I find more information on it?

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      Victoria 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a mirror I bought 40 years ago at an auction from a home that was built in the 1700 full of antiques. I have no idea who made it or where it comes from, or the value. Its very large about 4 feet high by 3 1/2 feet wide gold gilden wood in an odd shape. Beautiful mirror in excellent condition.

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      Darrell P 

      6 weeks ago

      idea of general value of: MID CENTURY NURRE MARSTRO MIRRORS CO€ HOLLYWOOD REGENCY WOOD GOLD ORNATE MIRROR. This picture is very close, better gold (GESSO) on mine #1164 on back. picture on this site https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/mid-century...

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      Ndia 

      2 months ago

      Hello, Wondering if you can give me any information about this mirror. Thank you in advance.

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      Linda Chechar 

      2 months ago from Arizona

      There is an auspicious animal in Chinese lore. Is the fine rendering of a dragon or is it a scene of landscape?

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      minimichelle 

      2 months ago

      Hi! Husband's mom passed away and we have a Chinese scrolled frame mirror she left us. It's painted black with gold scenery and trim. On the back is a sticker that says Art Lore Chinese 26094, I can't find anything on it.

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      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Brenda, unfortunately it doesn't determine what the mirror looks like.

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      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Michele, I've found several rectangular and square Bassett vintage mirrors without frames. The values are between $125 and $200.

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      Michele 

      4 months ago

      I just took a mirror off my wall thats been up the entire time of me owning my home. It is not framed but on the back it is stamped Bassett m company. September 24th 1952. Was wondering wjat it might be worth. Perfect condition.

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      brenda 

      4 months ago

      I got a old mirror with no markings , no nail holes . there is the number 31 on the back I don't know anything about the mirror. Can you help me , Thank you , Brenda

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      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Janie, i did find one online that is an antique vintage WP Fuller & Co. from 1936. The Art Deco gold ribbon bow arch wall mirror is 16"x27". It is priced at $120. There are a variety of these WP Fuller mirrors, sizes and values.

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      Janie 

      4 months ago

      I have a beautiful mirror the back says WP Fuller Seattle copper sealer is it valuable

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      Linda Chechar 

      4 months ago from Arizona

      Markotoo, unfortunately I can't find the the WPF SEA MAR 1953 mirror online research.

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      Markotoo 

      4 months ago

      I have a mirror that is 60" x 30", stamped on the back "MFG. BY W.P.F. SEA MAR 1953". It is beveled with no frame. The back is wood. This mirror is old but looks perfect. What's it worth and where can I sell it? If not worth much, where can I donate it? I'm in Seattle. Thanks!

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 months ago from Arizona

      Paul Cutter, you really won't know exactly about its age. I'm sure it's an old one. You can find out to take it to an antique appraisal or take a photo and upload it to an online antique website.

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      Paul cutter 

      6 months ago

      I have a very old mirror that im trying to find out anything about it i was told it is about 300 hunderd years old...hor do i find out...

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 months ago from Arizona

      Robert Mahoney, you can send the photo through HobbyLark or send it to my email: chechar10@gmail.com

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      Robert Mahoney 

      6 months ago

      I have a unique mirror butterfly winged hand carved but am afraid to take it off the wall. I know that my mother inherited it from her parents and her father had bought it for my grandmother as a 25 year anniversary present and he had purchased it from an antique store then I would say pre-depression. How would I send a photo of this mirror to you? I would love to have an opinion or idea of the mirror.

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 months ago from Arizona

      William, you can send a photo.

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      William 

      6 months ago

      Hello my friend has a very old wooden mirror can’t see a makers name but could I send a picture

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 months ago from Arizona

      Leslie, I haven't been able to find the mirror's specific mark. You might want to take an image and send it to an antique online website. They could be able to tell you about the manufacturer.

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      Leslie 

      7 months ago

      I have a three piece mirror set on the back of the mirror it says T=H Feb 19 1924

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      Linda Chechar 

      8 months ago from Arizona

      Robin, I haven't been able to find that number on any of the LaBarge mirrors that I've researched online. Unfortunately I don't know it's age or value. Sorry.

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      Robin 

      8 months ago

      I have a labarge mirror with a number of 1594b on the back back of it. Does that give any indication of how old it is? I’m trying to find out it’s value. Thank you.

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      Linda Chechar 

      8 months ago from Arizona

      Ann Jennings -- Some of the smaller versions are around $90 to $150. If your large rectangular art deco mirror with beveled edges might be worth at least $250 or more if it is in good shape without damage.

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      Ann Jennings 

      8 months ago

      I have a large (54"x36") it has no frame and beveled edges. It is from he early 1930's. Does it have any alue?

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      Linda Chechar 

      9 months ago from Arizona

      I researched a swivel sterling plate vanity mirror from the late 20th century made in Italy. It has decorative scrollwork around the frame. The price is offered for $300. There are other vintage swivel mirrors but they don't have a marked date or where they are made. I've seen several online that are around $50 to $200.

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      Brenda BRUNO 

      9 months ago

      I have a sterling silver round vanity mirror on a round stand with flowers and leaves vine on it and it is has a little weight.can you tell me anything about it ? And if its worth anything of value?

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      Linda Chechar 

      9 months ago from Arizona

      Robert Brown, I have quite a bit of research but I haven't been able to find anything information regarding the maker's stamp on the back of the mirrors you found. Since they don't have frames they could possibly be an Art Deco style made in 1930.

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      Robert Brown 

      9 months ago

      I found 2 mirrors that have HORRS BR 3.19.30 on the backs of them. just the mirrors with no framing. was wondering if they are worth anything. found them while cutting a 18th century farm house attic. thank you Robert

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      Linda Chechar 

      10 months ago from Arizona

      Amber Shelley, it may be from the 1920s or 1930s. Since it doesn't have any indication of a date it could be even older or later. You should check out some of these online antique appraisal sites and upload your photos. Several are for free but some do charge a fee. There are appraisal websites mentioned in these previous comments.

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      Amber Shelley 

      10 months ago

      https://imgur.com/a/zxynyYc

      This mirror has no identifying makers marks, any idea of how old it is?

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      Linda Chechar 

      12 months ago from Arizona

      Bonnie B -- The Nurre Companies were located in Bloomington, Indiana, Burlington, Iowa, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee. I've seen one of their mirrors online that is Hollywood Regency style number 1166 made between 1937-1942. They often have a stamp on the back of the mirror that shows the year and manufacture location. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what year or style the number 1029 indicates.

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      Bonnie B 

      12 months ago

      I have a Nurre Maestro number 1029. Can you tell me anything about it

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      Linda Chechar 

      12 months ago from Arizona

      Hi Bette,

      I have not been able to find a similar one with the mirror's maker's mark. You can take photos and upload them to online appraisal sites. I've listed some appraisers down in the comments below. These websites might be able to provide information for free or a minimal fee.

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      Bette A Roberts 

      12 months ago

      Have an old looking wall mirror appears to be wood. It is dark with golden color center shell carved in with scroll on each side . mirror is beveled letters on back partially ledgeable G a backwardL J can you tell me anything?

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      Linda Chechar 

      13 months ago from Arizona

      Tgosney, if the mirror is made in China it is probably not worth much. It is doubtful that it is an antique if the frame is made of brushed metal. I've also looked up the numbers and barcode--no information comes up.

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      Tgosney 

      13 months ago

      Can you help me find information on a Large Brushed Metal 36"x 23" Rectangle Beveled Frame Mirror, it has a vendor # 57895 and date code 211 on the back. As well as a gold sticker that says made in China and a barcode #050276686576. I have searched and searched and came up with nothing.

      Thank you,

      Tami

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      Linda Chechar 

      13 months ago from Arizona

      Liz Resen -- I'm unfortunately not an appraiser. Since it doesn't have any manufacturer marks it might difficult to determine its date and value. You can upload photos to several of the online appraisal websites that are mentioned in the comments below. It would be best to find a local antiques expert to show them the photos or bring in the actual mirror. Good luck with your investigation!

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      Liz Resen 

      13 months ago

      Just found you while researching, very excited. I have been researching a mirror and have found nothing resembling it anywhere online. I can't tell if it's Victorian or Early American. The glass has started to oxidize, the wood is carved, and the back is wood and looks old. I can't find any markings. There's a piece of tape of the back but whatever was on there has completely worn off. I've read through comments below but I'm not sure who would be the best for this particular item. Do you accept pictures? Thank you in advance. Liz

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      Linda Chechar 

      13 months ago from Arizona

      Brends williams -- There are a number of older mirrors that have painted or etched images on the front. I haven't found anything that looks like your grandmother's mirror. It could be an antique if it is at least 100 years old.

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      Brends williams 

      13 months ago

      I have a mirror of my grandmothers it frameless with a wooden back and hanging chane with a picture of a cottage with a wheel infront of it do you think it could be antique please

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      Linda Chechar 

      14 months ago from Arizona

      Britney Savoy, I've done some online research and couldn't find antique mirrors with that manufacturer stamp. All I could find was a Swedish company GBW that made a deco table lamp with a glass shade from the 1950s. No mirrors unfortunately.

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      Britney Savoy 

      14 months ago

      Old mirror with G.B.W stamp on the back

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      Linda Chechar 

      14 months ago from Arizona

      Connie Boles -- Unfortunately there's not enough information to determine the maker's mark, date and manufacturer's location. You might want to take several photos and upload them to an online antique appraisal site.

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      Connie Boles 

      14 months ago

      I have a antique wall mirror which I believe is Georgian with a signature on the back Gustaf something i can't make out the last name it's written in white it's rectangular with a round top it had at one time vaneer decals on it too and bottom

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      Linda Chechar 

      14 months ago from Arizona

      Tuttie, I've done some research and can't find the mirror you described. You might want to take a photo and show it to an antique shop or upload it to online appraisal site.

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      Tuttie 

      14 months ago

      I have a old mirror about 20+ years old. It is a wall mirror and the length of a sofa. It has 3 connecting circles surrounding each circle with a gold frame. Any possible information would be very appreciated.

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      Linda Chechar 

      15 months ago from Arizona

      Garris Dean, that's not enough information for researching the mirror.

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      Garris dean 

      15 months ago

      We have a 1918 mirror, J.R or RJ company any thang you could tell use

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      Linda Chechar 

      15 months ago from Arizona

      Al Giacchi, I've done some research and can't find any information on this mirror. Try to upload a photo of it to an online appraisal site. They should be able to give you an estimate of value, date and the manufacturer. Look below the comments--I have included a number of online appraisal links. Hope this helps!

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      Al Giacchi 

      15 months ago

      Trying to identify an early 1900 (I believe) round mirror with the bottom 1/3 being blue glass and the top 2/3 clear with a sailboat etched on it. Would like to know the origin, and value. Also whether rt not the backing should be repaired to clear up the spots on it.

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      Al GIACCHI 

      15 months ago

      Wondering the value of an older maybe 1930 or 40 mirror with the bottom 1/3 being blue glass and a sailboat etched into it.

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      Linda Chechar 

      15 months ago from Arizona

      Fermin LeBlanc, I saw a pair on eBay. The bid was $149. The price was that's all I could find.

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      Firmin LeBlanc 

      15 months ago

      Ornate Antique Carved Wood Gilt 12 3/8” Round Bevelled Mirrors how much can worth?

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      Linda Chechar 

      18 months ago from Arizona

      Anonymous, Here's an online site that looks like it is a good one:

      https://www.valuemystuff.com/us/home

      Here are two more:

      https://www.worthpoint.com/

      https://www.barnebys.com/

      Hope these help.

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      Anonymous 

      18 months ago

      I have my parents mirror that I know is 78 +. I it is a gold leaf mirror with a pattern around the whole mirror and two objects at the top. I do not know if it was passed onto them from their parents are not. There are no markings so I don't know where to start. Can you recommend a company online that I could send a picture to?

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      Linda Chechar 

      18 months ago from Arizona

      Anonymous: You're best bet is to contact a professional antique appraiser. An appraiser who regularly evaluates antiques and vintage pieces can help you determine the market value of your mirror. Look for an expert who is a member of the American Society of Appraisers or Appraisers Association of America, Inc.

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      Anonymous 

      18 months ago

      I have mirror with certificate that is verified to be from 1530 but i still cant get a price for it

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      Linda Chechar 

      19 months ago from Arizona

      Carma Elliott, found one on eBay that is a Renaissance revival mirror made between 1880-1900. It is cast iron with a bronze wash and has 2 lion heads on each side at top. The mirror is 38 1/2" tall x 25 1/4" wide. It also has ornate designs of cherubs, acanthus leaves, roses, flowers, scrolls and beaded accents. At the top center has a medallion design with sunrise over ocean waves. The asking price is $765.00. I know this isn't comparable as far as the design but it might give you an idea of its value. Take pictures and send to an online antique appraisal site to find out more about your mirror. Good luck with your research.

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      Carma Elliott 

      19 months ago

      I have an ornate black rod iron mirror about 4ft tall with cement on back it weighs about a 100 lbs and has the straight screws in it and a little metal lion head on top do you know anything about this

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      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Daniel Wilson, well it seems this mirror may be worth a great deal. However, I'm not an expert so it would be best to take photos and show them to a local antiques dealer or go online to an appraisal site and share the images. Hopefully you can find out more about the mirror's age, history and value. Best of luck with your search!

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      Daniel Wilson 

      21 months ago

      A very wealthy client gave me a large mirror. They said the mirror is worth about $30,000.00. They were moving and the old mirror would not fit in their new house.

      It is almost ten feet tall and about 2.5 feet wide. The mirror wrapped with elaborate plaster carving that is gold like in color but not shiny. The back of the mirror seemed to have been painted my hand with some type of matailic paint.

      Please help me determine what type of mirror I have. Also a value of the piece and the best way to sell it. Thank you in advance for your wisdom.

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      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Frank Baleno, here's a useful article link from Consumer Reports on finding out the value of an antique and information to find an appraiser. I'm a writer, not an antique expert so it won't do any good to send photos to me. Hopefully the CR article will point to someone who can help you with the history and value of the mirror. Good luck!

      https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/...

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      Frank Baleno 

      21 months ago

      Have a beautiful mirror hanging on my wall and can’t see the back. It consists of 3 separate pieces, the center with no engraving, the outer two have identical engraved peacocks on them. I acquired it from an old Jewish women some 50 years ago. It was on her wall too. Don’t know the age. Can you provide me a professional antique advisor? Can send pictures. 803-782-3736

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      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      karen baker, I looked up Theodore Alexander. The company makes mirrors and home furnishings. The pieces are of high quality and the prices are expensive. I wasn't able to find a brass mirror with cherubs. The company was founded in 1996 so the mirror isn't very old but it could be valuable. Check out one of the online appraisal sites and upload a photo of the mirror. They may be able to tell you about it.

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      karen baker 

      21 months ago

      I bought a mirror it really heavy brass I believe it has cherbs on it and a yellow sticker that says that says theodore alexander on it wood on back

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      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Holland, you never know if the mirror has any worth. Sometimes if it is a valuable mirror with slight damage doesn't affect the value. It's best to take it to an expert to see if it is an important piece. You can also take some pictures and upload them to online appraisers. Good luck!

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      Holland Brooks 

      21 months ago

      I have a 1961 vintage old almost pecan wood frame mirror , that the frame broke off of in a move to reveal the stamp , is it worth anything ? It’s all splotchy with black spots kinda foggy

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      Linda Chechar 

      21 months ago from Arizona

      Linda, I'm not an appraiser. I have listed several online appraisal sites in responses. Check out the links below. You might be able to get someone to provide details and valuation. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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      Linda 

      21 months ago

      Hello, please can you value my mirror?

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      Linda Chechar 

      22 months ago from Arizona

      I couldn't find anything online regarding National Mirror Works. I did find National Brass & Iron Works of Reading, PA. They made smaller, ornate, metal mirrors and picture frames some dating back to the 1880s. Obviously not the same company, though.

      If you have an antique mall or store in your area that has vintage mirrors, it might be worth asking. Sorry I couldn't help. :(

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      Angie 

      22 months ago

      I recently inherited a mirror, on the back it says National mirror works #280. Its octagon beveled peach color large etched mirror. I can not find any information on it. Can ypu give me any tips?

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      Linda Chechar 

      22 months ago from Arizona

      MystieGraham, electro copper plated mirrors were manufactured during the 1950s-60s so the date your mirror is 1965. I don't think these mirrors have much value although I couldn't find any Galax versions listed online for sale.

      I did find an article about the history of the company from the Galax Gazette from 1950.

      http://www.galaxscrapbook.com/index.php?option=com...

      Unfortunately, I'm not a vintage mirror expert. If you want to find out more about it, contact an online appraiser. Maybe they can provide more information about your mirror. Good luck with the search.

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      MystieGraham 

      22 months ago

      I purchased an oval mirror that I planned to use for my wedding. I did spray paint the frame silver, but as I was taking the frame off I noticed the wooden pieces holding the frame together. I also noticed where it said

      This mirror is guaranteed to be genuine electro copper plated. Galax Mirror Company Inc.Galax, Virginia

      December 29, either 1965 or 1565 I cant quite read the second number to determine if its a 5 or 9 but it also says 3 pm and the it also.says manufactured under pat nos

      2.753.298. I would appreciate any information I also have a few pics, but dont know how to load them

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      Linda Chechar 

      22 months ago from Arizona

      SEAN, you would have to attach the photos to an email or text message. I am not an appraisal expert so you should send them to an online appraisal site. Hope this helps.

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      SEAN 

      22 months ago

      HOW CAN I SEND PHOTOS OF MY MIRROR TO FIND OUT IF IYS OFFICIAL OR NOT?

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      Linda Chechar 

      23 months ago from Arizona

      bob caulfield - There are a number of online appraisal sites. Some are completely free and some give you a free trial before having to buy a subscription or pay for each appraisal. Here are a few that might be of interest:

      Country Living Magazine

      The publication has a free online appraisal section. Submit your photo and info to the magazine’s expert. If your item is chosen, they will give you a detailed appraisal that will be featured in the magazine and on the website. Might be worth a try.

      https://www.countryliving.com/shopping/antiques/a3...

      InstaAppraisal

      This is a free site where you can submit your item and questions and will answered by the community (non experts) or the site's antiques experts. It’s kind of like social media or a forum so you can interact with other members.

      https://www.instappraisal.com/about-instappraisal

      Appraisal Day

      Expert appraiser Paul Royka will appraise most items for free. The site provides an online form to submit the item’s details and photos. If the antique value is under $500 you probably won’t get a response.

      http://www.appraisalday.com/

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      Linda Chechar 

      23 months ago from Arizona

      PatriciaMurray62 - Arts and Crafts metals typically have an iridescent look or antique patina that is formed over time due to oxidation. Using any sort of harsh chemical cleaning products could alter the appearance and decrease the mirror’s value. It would be wise to consult an expert to determine if and how to clean the mirror frame. If you want to simply tidy it up, use a very mild solution of dish soap and water to remove dirt and fingerprints to avoid removing the patina or iridescence.

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      bob caulfield 

      23 months ago

      I have a large gold gilted vintage mirror, that I believe is from early 1800's or earlier.

      I have 4 photo's, who can I send to, to get idea of what it is and value?

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      PatriciaMurray62 

      23 months ago

      I have an Arts and Crafts bronze framed mirror that has a patina on it that looks iridescent, all others that ive seen have been polished but , i read that you affect the value of Bronze if you clean it so i am confused, to clean , or not o clean ?

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      Linda Chechar 

      23 months ago from Arizona

      Delaney kerr, I'm not sure of the value. It all depends on the manufacturer and condition. It would be best to take a few photos and submit them to an online appraisal site. They should be able to give you a ballpark figure. Do a search for "free online antique appraisals". Hope this helps!

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      Delaney kerr 

      23 months ago

      Hello I havelage copper backed mirrors from an abandoned mansion in Justin Texas . The stamp in the back says jan.

      1959 they are about 3x5 a quarter in thick . Is there any value

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      Linda Chechar 

      24 months ago from Arizona

      Genny Cliff, I believe Binswanger Glass Company in Richmond, VA trademarked the name Tru-Flect in the early 1950s. Their copper plated mirrors were made during the 1960s and 1970s. I haven't seen any that are extremely expensive but they are definitely coveted by interior designers because of the resurgence of mid-century and 1970s style.

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      Genny Cliff 

      24 months ago

      I bought a long Mirror,I think it is old.On the back where the paper has been tore off it saids True Flect Copper Plated

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      Linda Chechar 

      24 months ago from Arizona

      Marye, there is no listing for Desoto Manufacturing in Chattanooga. There was a Desoto Manufacturing & Supply in Memphis that made boats. That's all. No mirrors.

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      Marye 

      24 months ago

      Any way of knowinf if desoto manufacturing of chatt tenn ever made mirrors with eagles on them?

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      Linda Chechar 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      Sherman, the candle-mirror test is one of those old folk tales. It is supposed to indicate a mirror's age by holding a candle or lighter close to the mirror and count how many flames in the reflection. Then you multiply that number by 7 to calculate the mirror's age . Not something experts use but it is an amusing anecdote.

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      Sherman 

      2 years ago

      Is it true about the candle/lighter trick to tell if a mirror is an antique?

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