About the Item

Monumental and historically important Salem Massachusetts giltwood convex mirror. Purchased by Nathaniel Bowditch for his Salem House around 1810-15. Carved and Crafted in Salem. Eagle Mounted with giltwood balls and foliate arms. Provenance: This mirror is from Salem MA and was purchased when Nathaniel Bowditch was living at 9 North Street 1811-1823. It has since passed through direct descent from Nathaniel Bowditch to the Loring Family . Last photo shows mirror hanging in situ at “Round Plain Farm” Prides Crossing, MA Nathaniel Bowditch (March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838) was an early American mathematician remembered for his work on ocean navigation. He is often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation; his book The New American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, is still carried on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel.


  • Height: 76 in (193.04 cm
  • Width: 42 in (106.68 cm
  • Depth: 11 in (27.94 cm

Style: Federal (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Giltwood,Carved
Place of Origin: United States
Period: Early 19th Century
Date of Manufacture: 1815



Repaired: Historical touchup to early gilding. Minor regluing to carving. Original glass and silvering.