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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vintage Swan Mirror


Is it just me, or does anyone else often see things they love like an old camera or an old piece of furniture on another blog and take a mental note to keep an eye out for them.  Then you do come across them and they are even better than the one you wanted and a bargain to boot?

My latest find was an old shaving mirror.  It has a beautiful little swan on the bottom.  I love the intricate details.



I have no idea how old it might be of what it is made of but guessing it might be bronze.  Does anyone know?

The back has the original cardboard too.


I'm too embarrassed to say how much I paid in case I'm accused of daylight robbery, but let's just say it was totally my lucky day.  ;)

And the big question is .... should I paint it white or leave it as is?  I was going to put it in the bathroom,  in which case it would look better white so perhaps I'm answering my own question. What would you do?

:) Julie

13 comments:

  1. It's pretty - I would leave it as is. The ones with the swans on the sides of the mirror are worth over $100. I don't know about that one particularly, but I am sure it is worth something! It won't be at all if painted.

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    1. Thanks for your advice Pamela. I think you are right. :) x Julie

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  2. I vote to leave as is. Especially if it turns out to be old/valuable. You'd kick yourself if you lowered its worth with paint.

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  3. Julie,
    Great find.And yes I have seen photos of things on blogs or pinterest and suddenly I am on the hunt for it LOL.
    I think you should leave this piece as is.The patina is amazing.
    Anne

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    1. Thanks Anne, I think I will leave it. :) x Julie

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  4. Hi Julie, so glad you came by. I agree, don't paint it, unless you just cannot live with the gold/brass color. I have two of them, each slightly different, but not near as pretty as yours with the swan. I'm not sure of their age, but my thinking is that they must be from the early 1900s. Any later than that and I think they would have a different design. I'm sure I paid no more that 20 dollars each for mine several years ago at a flea market, but they ARE worth much more than that.
    Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. Thanks for replying Debra! Wow, so it is quite old. This really was a bargain for $2 then. :) I'll keep it as is and hang on to it I think. It would be nice to pass on to my daughter when she is older. Thanks again! x Julie

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  5. Gorgeous! I also think it's beautiful the way it is! Great find. I love your little white pitcher, as well. Stopping by from My Romantic Home.

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  6. $2.00?!!!! What am amazing bargain! Congrats, it is just beautiful!

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  7. I say white with a little dark wiped on to bring out the details.

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  8. This is absolutley beautiful!! And what a bargain! Another item for my thrifting list!

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  9. Leave as is! I think the patina is part of what makes it so beautiful! It is a lovely find and your photography is great! Thanks for linking up this week!

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