Quick Background: These mirrors originated during the federalist period (1776-1806). They feature a carved eagle, convex mirror, gold-leaf finish and usually 13 dots surrounding the mirror, which represent the first 13 colonies. They are sometimes referred to as bull's eye mirrors or a Girandole mirror if candles are attached to the frame. As you can imagine originals are quite expensive. Replicas made of wood and resin or molded came about in the 50's and can be found easily on Ebay for a steal.
After spotting these pretties at the antique mall I started thinking about them. ALL. THE. TIME. The reflection is like looking at yourself in a fish eye lens! They can be incorporated in many designs and look fresh with a coat of paint or lean more traditional when used in their original gold form. It went on my treasure hunting list.