Have you ever seen an overmantel like this? (Circa 1890)

jlc102482May 15, 2012

This is a fireplace that was in a home on a recent historical home tour in my area. The homeowner showed it to us and was as perplexed by it as we were. What would YOU call this style? The house was built about 1890 and after looking at the original plans, it does appear as though this was an original element.

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columbusguy1

Looks like it could be Colonial Revival to me...imitating probably a Federal mirror?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 6:43PM
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worthy

Some ideas below.


Victorian Reproduction Mantel


Federalist Mantel

Whatever style, it's fine looking and original. If the mirror is pitted or cloudy do not change it!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 8:13PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

High Victorian.
It really looks like an exterior window trim (from a Oeil de boef window) brought indoors. The style corresponds to Renaissance revival.
Casey

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 8:16PM
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jlc102482

Thanks for the ideas! Casey, you're right, it DOES look like an exterior window now that I'm looking at it. It's interesting, whatever it is. Just for fun, here's a photo of the house it's in.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 9:29AM
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powermuffin

Does not look like it matches the rather clean looking fireplace surround. And it is disproportionately large. I say it was added later.
Diane

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 4:44PM
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brickeyee

"If the mirror is pitted or cloudy do not change it!"

Even Versailles' hall of mirrors is being reconditioned.

Old mirror technology often used actual silver ad was subject to long term damage.

Newer mirrors use aluminum and have a longer life expectancy.

If you have a new mirror installed to replace an old one, save the old one anyway.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 9:59AM
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moneypitfeeder

Kinda looks like Eastlake to me...esp. due to the age of the home.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:25PM
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Imhappy&Iknowit IOWA zone 6b

I was at an auction today and heard a discussion about mantels and mirrors. It so happened they had one and they also had a pump organ. On guy who seemed knowledgeable said it was common that the mirror over the fireplace was the top part including the mirror of a pump organ.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 10:01PM
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