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Antique Mirror Guide
Your 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 about 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.
Determining Your Mirror's Age
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.
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.
1. Check the Glass
The reflective silver mercury backing on an antique mirror breaks down and oxidizes over time, appearing as random cloudy spots around the edges and across the mirror's surface.
If the mottled patches on your mirror look too uniform, it may be a reproduction mirror plate.
The 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.
2. Inspect the Back
- 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 tear that comes with age.
- 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.
Characteristics of Antique Mirrors From Different Periods
Early 1600s and prior
Pointed arch shape, linen folds, elaborate carvings, dark oak
Early 1600s to 1700
Oval, gilding in gold and silver, cherubs, carved foliage and garlands
Early to mid 1700s
Rectangular, walnut and mahogany, gilding and bronzing, shell motifs, highly ornate
Mid 1700s to early 1800s
Oval with flat base, gilded gold or silver, restrained, leaves branches and urn motifs
Early to mid 1700s
Rectangular or oval, symmetrical, veneer over oak, fretwork scrolls
Late 1700s to early 1800s
Oval or round, mahogany or gold gild, leaf motifs, Eagle and flags, convex mirror
Early 1800s to 1900
Oversize and rectangular, metal or dark wood, heavy ornamentation
How to Tell If Your Old Mirror Is Fake
There are some really talented people out there whose sole purpose is to fool us into thinking we own a valuable 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."
1. Check out 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 when it was manufactured.
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.
2. 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.
3. Hire an Appraiser
If your investigative work to this point suggests you might own a valuable mirror, consider investing in a certified appraisal.
- An antique appraisal will lend credibility to your research and establish 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.
Questions & Answers
Question: I have an old looking mirror with the numbers 10/5063 written on the back. What is the meaning of those numbers?
Answer: Those numbers are for identification. They typically mean who made it, where it was made and the date of manufacture.
Question: How do I figure out the time period and value of my mirror?
Answer: 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.
Question: What is the value of a Samuel R. Scottron duel cast iron mirror patent date March 31st, 1868?
Answer: This mirror was purchased for a museum during the 1941 Campbell estate auction for $5.50. I've seen the cast iron double mirror valued at $450.
Question: I have an antique hand mirror that appears to be made of plaster resembling a reptile. The handle is a tail loop. There is a brass back plate with an open wreath pattern. The mirror is beveled and rimmed in brass. Can anyone help me identify this mirror?
Answer: I've gone through thousands of hand mirror images online and can't find anything that resembles a reptile. Take several photos of it and upload it onto an antique appraisal website. Maybe they can tell you the date and where it was manufactured or handmade.
Question: My little mosaic/enamel hand mirror has a mark on its handle that is a capital M with a C on top, do you know this maker?
Answer: I've noticed quite a few CM maker's marks but I haven't seen the mark you mentioned the C above the M especially on an antique mosaic and enamel hand mirror. Many of the different CM marks are typically from the United Kingdom. However, I did see a beautiful Italian mosaic hand mirror but it didn't have a maker's mark.
Question: I recently came across an old looking mirror. The mirror is really tinted what does it mean?
Answer: It depends on how old it is. It could cause cloudy imperfections that tarnishes or oxidizes silver on the backing. If it is dated mid-century it could be a modern copper tinted mirror.
Question: I have an Uttermost mirror with the serial #1092P. How can I find out what its worth?
Answer: I have researched it online but could not locate the mirror's serial number. Contact a local or online appraiser and provide information and a photo. They should be able to determine it's value.
Question: I have a Willard Mirror Co. Electro copper plated mirror in frame dated June 2, 1964. It has three frames around it. Are they all original or only the inside one? Is it valuable?
Answer: I found a 36" x 44" Willard mirror online. It is a 1972 electro copper plated. It is in good condition, gold and Victorian style. The starting bid was $55 but the bidding ended before it sold. I'm not sure about the triple frames.
Question: I was gifted a sizeable etched mirror in 1980. The mirror has been hanging in my living room ever since. It has a date in the back from the late 1800’s, which I cannot see since it’s hanging on the wall. Who can I contact for its appraisal?
Answer: If your city or town is large enough, there should be antique appraisers locally available. Do an online search to find one that might specialize in mirrors. If there aren't any appraisers in your area, there are many online. Send them a few photos, and they can help for a nominal fee, or some will do it for free.
Question: How do you know if a mirror contains mercury?
Answer: Distinguishing mercury-containing mirrors from silvered mirrors can be difficult. If the mirror was produced before the early 20th century, it is likely a mercury amalgam mirror.
Question: I have a burgundy wood frame and the back of mirror is stamped Carolina mirror 7/11/96. How much would this be worth?
Answer: I saw a 1993 gold framed beveled mirror online made by Carolina Mirror Company. It was 33" x 45" x 1" in good condition. It was priced at $395. It didn't mention the final bid.
Question: Does a mirror from the 1970s have any potential value?
Answer: It could possibly have a decent value depending on its size, the manufacturer and the materials it's made from.
Question: I have a LaBarge mirror model number LB-LM0302. It is 24" x 36" and is in good shape. What is its value?
Answer: I have researched online and the prices of LaBarge mirrors go from $150 upwards of $3000. Obviously, it depends on its age, size, shape and the frame material.
Question: I have two oak framed Victorian mirrors, stamped 1906 on the back, which has birds painted on them, do you know what they would be worth?
Answer: Unfortunately, I haven't found images of these mirrors online, so I can't determine their value.
Question: I bought a small hand mirror about fifteen years ago from a charity shop, it is beautiful, however, a friend told me it looks like it could be Victorian, Georgian or maybe a child's hand mirror. It has what seems to be a real moth/butterfly set under a domed casing resting on pink corn and very delicate angel hair. The handle is brass with flowers set in the handle. Do you know where I can find out its history?
Answer: The best bet is to take to an antique dealer that might be able to help you determine its history and value. If you can't find a reputable dealer, go online to an appraisal website and upload a few photos of the mirror. You may have to pay a small fee. However, there are a number of free appraisal sites.
Question: 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?
Answer: 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.
Question: I have a Galax authentic 1957 electro copper plated mirror it's approx 3' x 4'. Stamped made at 11 am, 1957, what is the value?
Answer: Its value could be well over $100.
Question: I have an old mirror stamped with Bloomington IND Dec 26 either 1833 or 1933. The top words on the stamp look to say “The Morre Companies” or Worre, we can’t really make it out. Can you give any information?
Answer: I found the Nurre Mirror Plate Company in Bloomington, Indiana. It was most likely made in 1933. I couldn't find any other information regarding your mirror. Here's a link from Indiana University archives about Nurre Mirror Plate Company:
Question: Is a Tru Flect mirror that was manufactured on Feb 1 1962 antique?
Answer: It is considered a vintage mirror. It would be an antique at 100 years old.
Question: I have a mirror that has a logo on the back that says World Art and it’s #410. It’s very heavy and is oval and Gold in color. What can you tell me about this mirror?
Answer: I haven't been able to find any information regarding the logo "World Art #410" on the back of an oval mirror. Take several photos and post them on an online appraisal site. They might be able to tell you about it.
Question: I have a 34 inch wide and 57 inch tall mirror made by Carolina Mirror Company and is set in a gilded gold frame. Any idea of value?
Answer: I have seen a few mirrors from the Carolina Mirror Co. online although not the exact size you've mentioned. There's a vintage octagonal mirror (34.5" x 22.5") with a gold frame priced at $120. Another one is 12" x 45" with an Italian gold gilt frame with a shell motif on top. The price is listed at $175. Since yours has larger dimensions I would assume the value would be higher.
Question: I inherited a rectangular 50’'x 30'’ mirror with the date 1828 written on the back, how much is it worth?
Answer: I located online a mid-19th-century overmantle wall mirror with a giltwood frame. It is 24" x 45" and was possibly manufactured in Norfolk, England. The dealer's price is approximate $875 US dollars.
Question: Which are some of the online appraisal sites?
Answer: Here are a number of the best several online appraisal sites:
Hope this is helpful!
Question: How do I determine the value of a mirror that has decorative engraved peacocks?
Answer: You can take several photos of the mirror and upload the images to an antique appraisal website. There are quite a few out there and some are free. That's probably the easiest way to determine its value. If you live in a large city, take it to an antique dealer and ask for an appraisal.
Question: I have a 1950 Logan Porter mirror. The frame is cherry wood and in good condition. Does it have any value?
Answer: I've seen a few Logan Porter mirrors online but there is no value indicated. It would be a good idea to upload several photos onto an online appraisal site and see if someone can give you an idea of value.
Question: I have a large rectangular mirror made out of one solid piece of wood with gold going around the inner frame could it be worth anything?
Answer: It could be a good value depending on it's age.
Question: If the mirror has a number on the back what does that mean?
Answer: Look for any trademarks or other determining marks, labels, and dates. The numbers usually indicate the year the mirror was made.
Question: I have a frameless, etched mirror with a tag that says National Mirror Co, Buffalo NY 1952. The glass has very slight clouding and just one or two tiny black marks. How might I determine the worth of my mirror and its style?
Answer: It could be between $25 and $50. The frameless wall mirror is a mid-century design.
Question: I have a round sterling silver vanity mirror with flowers, leaves, and vines on it. It swivels and one side is magnified and has a normal view and it is quite heavy. I see no marks or numbers but it appears to be very old looking. Can you tell me anything about it and it's value?
Answer: I have researched several silver plate swivel vanity mirrors online. One is from the late 20th century and is made in Italy with scrolled details around the mirror. The offered price is $300. I've seen others that are vintage and the prices vary from $50 to $200.
Question: These are the numbers on the back of a mirror someone gave me and a friend of mine told me to look the numbers up to find out so here I go hoping you can help me please, 756 L.M.? Thank you
Answer: A vintage wall mirror made from Italy. The antique is ornate Florentine gold leaf. It's around $40.00 price. The metal basket is carved floral. In the back is printed LM 0394.
Question: I have a 24” round antique mirror manufactured by Central Glass Co, Evansville, Indiana which is in great condition. No trim with a wood back. Can you tell me anything about the date made or if it is valuable?
Answer: There are a number of vintage round mirrors frameless with a wood backing. I've not seen one from the Central Glass Company in Evansville, Indiana. I did see a 20" round one from Toledo, Ohio that was from the 1930s. There were many manufactured in the U.S. during the mid-century era. The prices are from $50.00 upwards of $800 depending on the age, maker's mark and quality.
Question: I have a large mirror with beveled edges and no frame. It's at least 50 years old. Would it be considered an antique? Any ideas about its value? Thanks!
Answer: It would be considered an antique if it is 100 years old. There are a number of large beveled mirrors researched that are from $50 to $150. You're welcome.
Question: I have an antique mirror in an oval wood frame, with signs of oxidation, a wooden backboard, and a rusty wall hanger. What is the year of the mirror's creation and its price range?
Answer: It depends on its age. If the silver backing has oxidized blotchy spots, an old wood backing, and the iron wall hanger it is probably at least around the early 1900s. There is no real idea of its value. It could be $30 or even over $100 depending on its condition.
Question: What is the value of 1926 Belknap glass mirror?
Answer: The Belknap Glass Co. in Seattle made lots of mirrors in the 1920s. Apparently the company still makes mirrors. 1920s mirrors with plain frames and cloudy glass could be difficult to value. I did a Belknap online with an 22" x 33" with an arched top and carved wood edge that was made in 1923. It was sold for $40.
Question: What would the value of a body-length, Victorian mirror, that has the back stamped October 21, 1975, Gardner Mirror?
Answer: Gardner Glass Products, formerly Gardner Mirror Corporation, was founded on July 5th, 1962 by one of the industry’s legendary figures, Mr. Edd Frank Gardner. Gardner had a long history of success in the industry prior to forming his own mirror company in 1962. It is best to check with an online or local appraiser to find out its value.
Question: We have two mirrors. One is 36 “x 54” and the other 40 “ x 27” has the stamp "M 494-02-825". The Windsor mirrors both have gold wooden frames. Where can I find out history or value?
Answer: It would be the best way to find out by taking photos of the mirrors and showing them to a local antique dealer or upload the photos to online appraisal sites. Some of the websites are free and others cost to determine their background and value.
Question: I have two long mirrors that are a pretty blue color. Are they worth anything? I know they’re at least 50 years old.
Answer: If they are mid-century modern design they could be worth something. It all depends on their style, construction, materials and quality.
Question: I have a John J. Kinsella mirror from 29 July 1924, what is its value?
Answer: The John J. Kinsella Co. in Chicago, IL made and sell mirrors. I haven't found any Kinsella mirrors online. The value is undetermined.
Question: I have an etched mirror with a note on the back that was given to my great grandparents as a wedding gift in 1925. No other info is on the mirror anywhere. Could it be of any value?
Answer: The etched wall mirror is from 1925 could be the value of $50.
Question: I have a mirror that is the size of a door. It's like a hundred pounds almost without a frame. How do I find out how much it's worth and how old it is?
Answer: It could be a heavy Victorian rectangular mirror that could be from the late 1800s. The value is somewhere between $150 to $400 depending on the large size.
Question: I have a large gilded Mirror Fair mirror from NYC July 1990 55 inches x 30” how do I tell if it is wood or resin?
Answer: You can scrape off a bit of the gilt with a knife or use a solvent to see whether it is made from resin or wood.
Question: I have a very heavy mirror & brush. I believe it's from the 1920s era but I'm missing the comb that completes the set. How can I determine the age and value of my mirror, brush, and comb set?
Answer: The mirror, brush and comb sets are available online and at antique malls. They are usually from the early 1900s, the 20s, and 30s. The vanity dresser set depends on the condition from $25 up to $200. They are typically made from silver, celluloid or enamel.
Question: What is the value of a Irving and Cassons-AH Davenport Co federal mirror?
Answer: 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.
Question: Have you ever heard of the mirror company Noyer?
Answer: Noyer Quality Mirrors manufactured H. Neuer Glass Company from 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Question: I have a La Barge mirror showing it was hand-painted in 1995. I am seeing them go for $1,600 online from the 1980s. What should I list mine for?
Answer: I have looked at La Barge hand-painted mirrors but I haven't seen any of them from the 1990s. There are many of them from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Prices are anywhere from $500 and upwards of $2000. I would assume the ones from the 1990s would be around the same pricing.
Question: I have an old gold trimmed scrolled mirror. It is 56" x 39" with the number 4115 on the back and the company name Gardner from Wilkesboro, NC. Can you tell me the value?
Answer: I could not find that mirror online. It could be made sometime between 1930 and the 1960s or possibly into the 1980s. You should take two or three photos front and back and upload them onto several online appraisal sites. That way you can find out its age and value.
Question: I have a oval mirror from 1951, Binswanger Mirror company, wood backing. How much should I list it for?
Answer: Here's the link for Binswanger https://www.binswangerglass.com/residential-glass/...
Question: I have an oval hand mirror with some type of jewels embedded in the back of the mirror with detailed carvings. Have you ever seen anything like this? Any idea of the value?
Answer: All I've found online is an elaborate antique 19th century Chinese carved hand mirror with silver enamel, jade, semiprecious gems and glass beads decorated on the back of the mirror. https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/objets-dart-vertu/...
Question: I have a 60" x 36" solid mirror. It has edging detail along the sides. It's a beautiful mirror that is extremely heavy. The backing paper is printed "Made by Century Industry’s Inc. Chicago". What is its worth?
Answer: I've seen a rectangular mirror online made with a dark, carved plaster frame with gilding. It's about half the size of the one you own. It was made by Century Industries, Chicago Illinois, circa 1950s. The dimensions are 22.5″ L x 2.5″ W x 30.5″ H. The current price is $200.
Question: I have an old mirror size 2'×3' in back of the mirror a mark of "British silvered mirror " 5/12 what does it mean? Any idea of when it might have been made?
Answer: I've not found any information regarding the makers mark for this mirror. Take a photo and upload it onto an online appraisal site. They should be able to tell you where and when it was made. Check out the comments from the article. I have provided a list of antique appraisal websites.
© 2014 Linda Chechar
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Christina on August 07, 2020:
hi how do i know wheatber or not a mirror is old or not? I have 2 different numbers, do you know what those mean? 6010-220 and the number on the bench is 610-211-05
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 29, 2020:
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.
Giarretti on July 29, 2020:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 26, 2020:
Maureen, The Lenoir Mirror Company is in North Carolina. I've seen a 1950 decade that's $195.
Maureen McDonnell on July 26, 2020:
I have a mirror with Lenoir February 27, 1957 etched on the back and wondered how much it was worth.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 25, 2020:
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.
Beth SF City Guide on July 25, 2020:
You replied: "Beth SF City Guide -- This San Francisco mahogany dressing mirror is $799."
Where or how can I find more information on this?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 23, 2020:
Becca, there are three interlocking oval circles that are large vintage triple oval gold mirror circles that are Hollywood Regency ornate style.
Becca Dancer on July 22, 2020:
Hi .. hoping you can help .. I’ve got a extra large double ornate Gold mirror.. I can’t find anything other than a triple
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 01, 2020:
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.
Cyndi on June 30, 2020:
I own an oval Hagemann mirror and would like to know the value
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 27, 2020:
Beth SF City Guide -- This San Francisco mahogany dressing mirror is $799.
Beth SF City Guide on June 27, 2020:
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?
Victoria on June 26, 2020:
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.
Ndia on May 26, 2020:
Hello, Wondering if you can give me any information about this mirror. Thank you in advance.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 21, 2020:
There is an auspicious animal in Chinese lore. Is the fine rendering of a dragon or is it a scene of landscape?
minimichelle on May 20, 2020:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 30, 2020:
Brenda, unfortunately it doesn't determine what the mirror looks like.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 30, 2020:
Michele, I've found several rectangular and square Bassett vintage mirrors without frames. The values are between $125 and $200.
Michele on March 30, 2020:
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.
brenda on March 16, 2020:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 13, 2020:
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.
Janie on March 12, 2020:
I have a beautiful mirror the back says WP Fuller Seattle copper sealer is it valuable
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 11, 2020:
Markotoo, unfortunately I can't find the the WPF SEA MAR 1953 mirror online research.
Markotoo on March 10, 2020:
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!
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 30, 2020:
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.
Paul cutter on January 30, 2020:
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...
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 29, 2020:
Robert Mahoney, you can send the photo through HobbyLark or send it to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Mahoney on January 28, 2020:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 25, 2020:
William, you can send a photo.
William on January 25, 2020:
Hello my friend has a very old wooden mirror can’t see a makers name but could I send a picture
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 07, 2020:
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.
Leslie on January 06, 2020:
I have a three piece mirror set on the back of the mirror it says T=H Feb 19 1924
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on December 02, 2019:
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.
Robin on December 02, 2019:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 22, 2019:
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.
Ann Jennings on November 22, 2019:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 20, 2019:
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.
Brenda BRUNO on October 20, 2019:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 14, 2019:
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.
Robert Brown on October 14, 2019:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 13, 2019:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 28, 2019:
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.
Bonnie B on July 27, 2019:
I have a Nurre Maestro number 1029. Can you tell me anything about it
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 17, 2019:
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.
Bette A Roberts on July 17, 2019:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 07, 2019:
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.
Tgosney on July 07, 2019:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 02, 2019:
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!
Liz Resen on July 02, 2019:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 15, 2019:
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.
Brends williams on June 15, 2019:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 10, 2019:
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.
Britney Savoy on June 10, 2019:
Old mirror with G.B.W stamp on the back
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 30, 2019:
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.
Connie Boles on May 29, 2019:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 16, 2019:
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.
Tuttie on May 15, 2019:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 10, 2019:
Garris Dean, that's not enough information for researching the mirror.
Garris dean on May 10, 2019:
We have a 1918 mirror, J.R or RJ company any thang you could tell use
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 05, 2019:
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!
Al Giacchi on May 05, 2019:
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.
Al GIACCHI on May 05, 2019:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 24, 2019:
Fermin LeBlanc, I saw a pair on eBay. The bid was $149. The price was that's all I could find.
Firmin LeBlanc on April 24, 2019:
Ornate Antique Carved Wood Gilt 12 3/8” Round Bevelled Mirrors how much can worth?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 22, 2019:
Anonymous, Here's an online site that looks like it is a good one:
Here are two more:
Hope these help.
Anonymous on January 22, 2019:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 15, 2019:
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.
Anonymous on January 15, 2019:
I have mirror with certificate that is verified to be from 1530 but i still cant get a price for it
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on December 14, 2018:
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.
Carma Elliott on December 14, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 11, 2018:
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!
Daniel Wilson on November 10, 2018:
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 09, 2018:
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!
Frank Baleno on November 09, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 06, 2018:
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.
karen baker on November 05, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on November 01, 2018:
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!
Holland Brooks on October 31, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 22, 2018:
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!
Linda on October 22, 2018:
Hello, please can you value my mirror?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 11, 2018:
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. :(
Angie on October 11, 2018:
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?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 10, 2018:
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.
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.
MystieGraham on October 10, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on September 30, 2018:
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.
SEAN on September 30, 2018:
HOW CAN I SEND PHOTOS OF MY MIRROR TO FIND OUT IF IYS OFFICIAL OR NOT?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 28, 2018:
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.
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.
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.
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 28, 2018:
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.
bob caulfield on August 28, 2018:
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?
PatriciaMurray62 on August 28, 2018:
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 ?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 16, 2018:
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!
Delaney kerr on August 15, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 06, 2018:
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.
Genny Cliff on August 06, 2018:
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
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 06, 2018:
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.
Marye on August 06, 2018:
Any way of knowinf if desoto manufacturing of chatt tenn ever made mirrors with eagles on them?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 03, 2018:
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.
Sherman on August 02, 2018:
Is it true about the candle/lighter trick to tell if a mirror is an antique?
Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on August 02, 2018:
corporategod, thanks for the photos. Maybe someone out there has an idea as to when and where it was made. I'm not an antiques expert but obviously it has quite a few condition issues due to age, humidity, temperature fluctuations or dry rot. Since you have plenty of images to share, you should check out online appraisal sites that will examine the mirror and possibly provide information. Hope your search reveals its background.