Mirror

Mirror

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Description
This is a rectangular black glass mirror in an ornate union case with brass hinges. The “MCALLISTER / PHILADA” inscription on the front of the case refers to a family that sold optical goods and other scientific apparatus from around 1840 to the 1890s.
Mirrors of this sort were available in England by the 1760s. They were later associated with Claude Lorrain, as they formed and framed images like the landscapes painted by that seventeenth century French artist.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Landscape Mirror and Glass,” Antiques (Jan. 1975): 158-159.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mirror
date made
nineteenth century
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 16.51 cm
overall: 9 in x 7 in x 7/8 in; 22.86 cm x 17.78 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
PH.315420
catalog number
315420
accession number
217544
Credit Line
United States Miltary Academy
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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