New England, ca. 1780. Maple frame with white pine backboards (separate backboard for mirror glass and reverse-painted crest glass). Original very dry red paint and original mirror glass. Ship-lapped corner-joinery secured by wooden pins. The flat-arched crest centered by a reverse-painted glass panel. Richly patinated chamfered backboards. Glue blocks added long ago to back of crest for reinforcement of an ancient small crack in the crest-frame; another small ancient crack on extreme lower left of glass. About 16 inches tall x 10 wide. Few courting mirrors of American origin are known. Provenance: Private collection; formerly collection of Susan and Ray Egan who purchased it from Pam Boynton, who found it decades ago in Lunenberg, Massachusetts.
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