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

Posted by jlc102482 (My Page) on
Tue, May 15, 12 at 14:49

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

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


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

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!


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

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


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

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.


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

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


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

"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.


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

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


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

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.


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