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Looking glass

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


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


Probably 1815–1820

Current location

Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts


Possibly made in New York, Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island, Retailed in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary); silvered glass


"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


Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, by 1980


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