Girandole glass (one of a pair)

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Neoclassical style; 1810-1830
England or United States

Girandole glasses were convex mirrors with sconce arms that helped to increase the light level in a room. Although surmounted by patriotic American eagles, the mirrors may have been made in England for export to this country. The pair are the “two round mirrors” listed in the Music Room in John Ridgely’s estate inventory in 1867. 

Wood, glass. H 114.3, W 94 cm
Hampton National Historic Site, HAMP 1180