Antique Gold Mirror
Beautiful antique gold mirror. This Federal mirror is in the Adams Style and hails from the McPherson Estate in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The antique gold mirror has beautiful design, great Federal period style and good antique condition.
This lovely Adams Style Federal Mirror has four rosettes in the corners and turned wood columns framing all four sides. The top has a beautiful piece of molding with smaller wood dowels piercing the overhang. Certainly, an expert re-gilded the mirror frame. It has a beautiful finish. However, the glass shows some signs of age. Indeed, it has a bit of a speckled finish in the glass.
An antique gold mirror such as this one would look very beautiful over an antique sideboard. Alternatively, it could be a terrific foyer mirror.
This antique gold mirror originates from the Edward McPherson Estate. Edward McPherson was a very important figure for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and for our nation’s history.
Edward McPherson was a two time US representative. Also, President Lincoln appointed him as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue in 1863. During the Civil War, McPherson organized Company K of the Pennsylvania Reserves.
His speeches to Congress during his service as a representative demonstrate his passion and duty to the nation, and his fierce devotion to President Lincoln. He criticized his Southern contemporaries in South Carolina for leading the secession movement, which he calls “wicked and diabolical.” He warned of the collusion of those involved in the secession movement. Indeed, just four months before the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, proclaimed in the marble halls of Washington,
“If all peaceful accommodation be refused…collision must come, let it come and on the aggressors rest the responsibility.” (The Disunion Conspiracy, January 1, 1861)
Ironically, the name McPherson also lives on in the namesake of the first and bloodiest battle of Gettysburg, on McPherson’s ridge. The battle began at about 8 am on the morning of July 1st 1863 and lasted until mid morning. McPherson’s ridge saw blood soaked fields and the horror of brutal casualties with some estimates of around 2000 men either dead or badly wounded.
McPherson’s Ridge lies just a mile west of Gettysburg center and was inherited by Edward McPherson from his forefathers. The Confederates greatly outnumbered the Yankees (3200 to about 7000) and the Union forces faced a terrible defeat. The Confederacy took over McPherson’s stone barn as a field hospital. Today, McPherson’s original barn still stands as one of the few original structures on the battlefields.
Edward McPherson’s home in Gettysburg was recently sold to the Gettysburg College. Previously, this large mirror hung in Edward Mcpherson’s home. Obviously, he was a man of letters and of taste.
This piece, among others collected from the McPherson estate, is testimony to a fascinating period in our nation’s history and to our struggle to remain true to our Constitution and our values.
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