Antique mirror backing
Ah, dumpster diving, the sport of tightwads.
So, I scored a nice wood framed, bevel edged mirror the other day, roughly 3′ x2’6″.
The frame needed re-gluing, so off with the backing and out with the glass.
No, no $1000 bills….but the backing is interesting. About 5/16″ thick, seems to be a single piece of wood. Maybe a thick rotary cut? I was planning on replacing it with new plywood-so much for it being worth anything on Antiques Roadshow.
Anyone know anything on this subject?
Why replace it? Keep it original. Just repair and clean it, don't sand or coat it with anything.
I'd ordinarily agree, but the mirror itself is (I'm reasonably certain) nothing special, and the backing is pretty well dinged up-missing pieces, rotted around the many, many nal-hole from where it had been refastened many times, and split in two pieces.....
Firewood. Unless George Washington sanded his teeth while looking in that mirror. : )