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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old mirror holds surprise!

Last month I found this mirror at a barn sale in Vermont with several other goodies. You can see that post here.
Eclectic Red Barn: Old mirror gets cleaned up and fix Mirror is dated March 21, 1919..

The mirror was so dirty you could not tell what kind of wood it was. The people who had the barn sale, said the mirror was in the house when they  bought the farm. Not sure how old the house was. In addition to being dirty, it needed some work.

Eclectic Red Barn: Old mirror is wrapped in string to hold it together.
 I thought about painting it, but decided against it. I wanted to see how well it cleaned up first. The one end was coming apart. I had to glue it back together. You can see the
gap where the mirror is separating from the frame.
Eclectic Red Barn: Old mirror is coming apart at one end. string is holding it togeher.

The back had three boards holding the mirror in. I removed the boards and was surprised to see this stamped on the mirror. Looks like it was made in Boston. The date on it was Mar 21, 1919.  That was so exciting to see. Not sure if that is how old the piece is or just the mirror.
Eclectic Red Barn: Mirror inside the frame is dated - Mar 21, 1919 with a Boston stamp

The mirror cleaned up rather well considering its age. Next it was time to clean up all that grime on the wood frame.  I used some stripper on it and it came off nicely. It was oak. Not a fancy mirror, but pretty.

I put the original boards back on, but used my picture framing tool to secure them. I didn't want to put back the old nails. There is a "sold to" note on the board.
Eclectic Red Barn: Mirror inside the frame is dated - Mar 21, 1919.Has a note about how it was sold to.

I had the wire that was on the mirror, but not sure if it was original. It was frayed in some places, so I  replaced it with new wire and then wrapped the old wire around it.

I love how it turned out and the date on the mirror was a special treat. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Old mirror gets cleaned up and fix Mirror is dated March 21, 1919.



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