A nice gentleman named John, who was an old house restorer like us, had sold his home (it was on the National Register, no less!) and was moving to Palm Springs. He'd collected a basement and carriage house full of old house jewels from some of the many houses that had been torn down in the neighborhood and needed them gone ASAP. A quick phone call and we knew we had to go see the mantel, as it was the perfect dimensions to fit in the $1400 house's parlor.
The oak mantel has been stripped and sanded, but a light stain and polyurethane will be bring out the beauty of the wood. The mirror is obviously old and some of the silvering is off of it but I like it, so I probably won't replace it.