Eastern white pine, birch, and silvered glass
This looking glass is one of the finest of American manufacture before 1850. The accuracy of the different textures of the eagle's feathers, the foliage, the scales of the dolphins, as well as the dynamic rendering of the crest and base show the skill of the carvers. The large scale of the crest and the base are designed to suit its monumental size.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), n.p., fig. 505.
David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 53, 32021, no. 180, pl. 15, ill.