Rare Pair of “Cape Cod” Gilded Mirror Sconces

No. R16556

A very rare matched pair of “Cape Cod” gilded mirror sconces with carved and gilded leaf, floral and rocaille decoration.

I’ve owned and chased these for 40 years and have never seen a matched pair (and only one sconce with original candle arm which I own).

The reason they are called Cape Cod mirrors is that’s where they were originally found.  

Probably imported in the late 18th century by an American merchant ship that had old world connections.



This mirror was imported to Cape Cod (thus the name) in the mid 18th century and displays the current Baroque style (”C” scrolls & asymmetry).

Literature: The Magazine Antiques, June 1966, "Northern European Export Mirrors: The Evidence and Some Suggestions," by Judith Coolidge Hughes,

The author discusses the origin of the term "Cape Cod" mirror, the type associated with the return voyages of American seamen. 

Considering that at this time we were English and George III was German (Hanoverian) these mirrors were imported from England or Germany.


The candle arms are restored exactly copying the only Cape Cod mirror with brass sconce arm that I’ve ever seen (which I own).


  • OriginContinental
  • CircaMid 18th c.
  • Height15 in
  • Width10 3/4 in
  • Price$5,800.00
Rare Pair of “Cape Cod” Gilded Mirror Sconces - R16556

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