image of object
Photo: Courtesy Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass.
Click the image to enlarge

Looking glass


Object number

RIF4931

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828
Retailer Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828

Dimensions

106.68 x 53.975 cm (42 x 21 1/4 in.)

Date

Probably 1815–1820

Current location

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

Geography

Possibly made in New York, Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island, Retailed in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary); silvered glass

Marks

"LOOKING-GLASS & PICTURE-FRAME / MANUFACTORY, / PROVIDENCE. / Looking-Glasses in Gilt and Mahogany Frames, of / the newest fashions, constantly on hand, at wholesale / and retail; Gilt Frames and Glasses for all kinds of / Needle Work, Portraits and Pictures; Looking-Glass / Plates, Window-Glass of every size, Linseed, Lamp / and Whale Oil, with a large assortment of Paints, / Ship-Chandlery and Hard Ware. / PETER GRINNELL & SON, / Main-Street, nearly opposite the Providence Bank.," printed in black, on a paper label glued to backboard

Provenance

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, by 1980

Bibliography

Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117, no. 1 (January 1980): 215, 216, 218, fig. 8.