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Girandole glass (one of a pair)

Hampton National Historic Site, National Park Service

Hampton National Historic Site, National Park Service

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.

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