Our History in Antiques – Part 2

As we continue our trip down memory lane, I would like to introduce you to the Pier Glass Mirror.

In case you’ve never heard of a pier glass mirror, it’s typically a tall thin mirror made to fit between two structures that are similar in size. For example, pier glass mirrors were often found in the small space between two windows and they often mimicked the shape of whatever they were between. Often they were hung on the wall but in our case, it is a free-standing mirror. I absolutely love this piece. It is one of my all-time favorite finds and it has a fun story behind it.

When we first bought our house, we knew we wanted a pier glass mirror to the right of our living room fireplace as the space is very narrow and tall. Also the mirror would fit the style of the room very well. Shortly after we bought our house we came across a pier glass mirror in a local antique store. While it was pretty it was also rather plain and pricey for the style of mirror and we found it at a time when we did not have the extra money at our disposal. My husband was so disappointed as he wanted that mirror really badly but we just couldn’t afford it. I felt so bad that we couldn’t purchase it because he was so upset. Fast forward a couple of years later and we were in a little town in West Virginia that had a lot of antique stores. Paul and I separated in a large store located in a warehouse and I turned the corner to find the mirror pictured above. It took my breath away. Not only was it a pier glass mirror that we had always wanted and passed up several years earlier but it was also so much more beautiful than the one that got away. Plus this time we could afford to buy it! I ran to tell Paul and was so excited I couldn’t even speak. I’m sure he thought I was having a heart attack or something. How funny is it to think a piece of furniture could cause that kind of response!

Next up is a very cute but functional piece of furniture.

Don’t mind all of the wires and chords around this one but as you can see this pretty little sewing machine cabinet functions as our tv stand. We paid $100 for this sweet little piece and it has held our tv, videos, and DVDs for years. And I just love the carving on the doors.

Lastly, I will show you the piece that sits on the other side of our living room fireplace. This piece is massive and would not fit in a home with lower ceilings. We bought this at the most incredible auction either Paul or I had ever been to. There were so many beautiful items at this auction that there were rumors going around that Barbra Streisand had sent a representative there to bid for her. We never found out if that was true or not but based on what we saw, we sure could have believed it. We felt honored to have been able to purchase anything at the auction as it certainly represented the best of the best.

This sideboard would have been found in a high Victorian dining room. It now sits proudly in our living room. Ornately carved, it is an interesting piece.

 I hope you enjoyed our continued antique journey. I have just a few more items to share so please stop back soon.

Thanks for visiting,

Cathy

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