Federal Mirror
20 February 2022




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Answered within about 7 hours
By Delia
Feb 20, 14:56 UTC
Fair Market Value
$700 - $1,000 USD
Suggested Asking Price $1,000 USD
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Hi Abigail,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Federal carved giltwood bull's eye mirror
American or English, early 19th Century
Surmounted by a wing-spread eagle over acanthus and rock crest over a circular frame with molded surround and 18 spherules, over an acanthus-carved and scrolled base. Beveled mirror plate.
38 inches high, 23 1/2 inches wide, 5 inches deep
CONDITION: not examined in person; appears to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: acquired at Snooty Fox Antiques
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Abigail montgomery Feb 21, 20:22 UTC

Is there a reason the uploaded comps (pictures/screenshots) sold for so much higher?

Delia Feb 22, 00:31 UTC

Both of the Eldred mirrors are considerably more dramatic and more intricately carved than yours so they are not fair comparables to yours but the Leland Little and Susanin comparables are more fair. The Leland Little mirror had an estimate of $50.00-25,000.000 so I would argue they didn't really know what they had (https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/115938400_antique-federal-style-carved-and-gilt-convex-mirror).
The Susanin example had an estimate of $400-600, which is less than yours. I would be willing to put yours at $700-1,000 but in the current auction climate, these mirrors are really not bringing what they used to (I review auctions all day long for a living and it is not uncommon for these to simply fail to find a buyer, at any price); it would be irresponsible for me to give you an inflated sense of value.

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