Artifact Exhibition: Pier Mirror

Artifact Exhibition: Pier Mirror


Welcome back YouTube subscribers and viewers! Today we are in the Collins Family Home and
our artifact of the week is going to be this lovely mirror right here in the parlor. Now as you can probably tell, this is a huge
mirror. Its height is six feet tall. Its width is five feet wide. And so this thing is extremely heavy. So this mirror here is made out of, well glass of
course for the mirror, also wood, and then a layer of something called gesso, which
is a plaster. And with our mirror here, which dates back
to a time frame between the 1800s and the 1840s, we can see that the gesso is actually
starting to crack a little bit. You can see on the frame right over here where
it’s cracking, and so we don’t want to move this, if at all possible. And it’s called a pier mirror, which really
means that it’s a mirror that’s placed on a wall between two windows, and that’s exactly
how we have it here in the parlor today. It’s deigned to support the wall, although
this one that we have in here really isn’t doing that, but it is serving its purpose
in this parlor today as well. Now a mirror like this would’ve been very
beneficial to have in your room, in a fancy parlor like we have here today, because the
parlor was the room where Mary Collins would’ve done a lot of her entertaining. Women coming to visit her here at the home,
who would come over in the evenings – it would be dark outside – and the mirror would actually
help with the lighting of the room: candle’s reflection multiplies the light and
you could use fewer candles. And we believe that there probably was a chandelier
here in the parlor as well, and a mirror of this size would’ve been extremely important
for the reflection of light from the chandelier. So anyway, that’s a little bit about this
mirror here, about the parlor. And thanks for joining us today. We hope to see you out here at our site soon
taking a tour. Alright, buh-bye.

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