Frequently Asked Questions:
are your opening times?
Our shop is open from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Although we are on a Red Route, it is possible to park outside our showroom between 10am and 4pm. The bay immediately outside our showroom is a 20 minute loading bay and in the further bays outside our next door restaurant ‘Buchans‘ parking is free for one hour, both are between 10am and 4pm only. There is also ‘Pay & Display’ parking in the surrounding streets. See Location
The number 19, 49, 170, 319, 345 buses come past our showroom on the south side of Battersea bridge.See Location for more details.
Overmantels was established in 1985 by Seth Taylor who has been dealing in antiques since 1973. See History
The majority of our mirrors are made in the UK by our own workshops which are based in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. See Workshop
We sell all kinds of mirrors but we specialise in traditionally made wooden framed and gilded mirrors. Our traditional mirrors are based on Georgian, Regency and Victorian originals and these are mainly English designs, although we do have a few French styles as well. We also make some more contemporary mirrors in Art Deco style and using Eglomise glass.
Our mirrors can be hang in many different places, above sofas, used as decorative bed heads, over console tables in hallways or ‘sitting’ on dado rails, over sideboards in dining rooms, at the top of stairs the list is endless. We can also change the base of a mirror to make it more suitable for ‘free hanging’ by giving it a continuous base. See Mirrors
Yes if you want a mirror over your fireplace we have measuring guidelines which we use to find the correct dimensions of the mirror. See Measuring Up. Otherwise we are happy to discuss the sizing of a mirror for other places.
Yes. It is possible to alter and change the ornamentation on the majority of our Traditional mirror range. See Bespoke Mirrors
On the majority of our traditional range it is possible to alter and change the ornamentation you have. However on are carved range the decoration is intrinsically part of the frame itself. See Bespoke Mirrors
What are the mirrors made of?
The timber frames are made from tulip wood which is a type of poplar wood, and this is harvested from renewable wood sources. The decorative ornamentation is made of composition which is an eighteenth century technique for creating decorations that was faster than hand carving the wood. The recipes for this are handed down through the generations and are closely guarded as they all differ slightly. Finally the frames are gessoed (this is the ‘white’ layer) and then boule is applied (this is a coloured clay in either yellow or red) and then the gold or silver is applied.
Our choice starts with our standard gilt finish, this is included in the mirror prices, and is a subtle soft gold colour. Next we have our Dutch Gold Leaf finish, this is an extra on top of mirror price, and this is a more yellow gold colour and is a brighter finish. We also do a Silver Leaf finish; this too is extra on mirror price. Then there is our Rubbed Gilt finishes, again extra, and is a textured white finish with gold highlights on the decorations. See Finishes
No. However we can supply the frame for your decorator to finish or we can paint the frame in a colour of your specification. See Finishes
We use the finest quality 6mm silvered glass, we can also do safety glass and we can also do a ‘verre Eglomise’ glass, which is a technique using individual silver leaf on the back of clear glass.
Yes, we have found an ‘antique‘ style glass which has a mottled effect and is not as bright as modern glass but still offering a perfectly good reflection. As a specially processed product it is considerably more expensive than standard mirrored glass. Please ask us for a quote if you are interested.
Yes. Some of the mirrors have bevelled glass as standard, and we can quote for bevelling glass in any of the other mirrors.
Yes, we always have a selection of original antique English and French mirrors. See Period Originals.
Our antique stock is constantly changing as we source and sell them, so we don’t have a brochure. However we do keep updating our website pages.
We can organise or put you in touch with a specialist carrier almost anywhere on the UK mainland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. For Europe and Worldwide we can put you in touch with recommended Shippers. See Delivery
Unfortunately as we have expanded our workshops and subsequently have had to move them outside of London, we are not able to fit mirrors any more.
If the mirror is sitting on the mantel shelf, the fireplace will take the weight and we will supply two mirror plates to secure it against the wall. You can also opt for additional fittings such as extra mirror plates, keyhole fixings and chains depending on where the mirror is hanging. See Measuring Up
You can pay by either cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Switch/Debit card. We can also take payments over the phone. We are unable to accept AMEX or Diners Club cards.
The majority of our mirrors are ready to deliver or collect 5/6 weeks from order. A specially made bespoke mirror will take roughly 8/10 weeks from order. Delivery in the UK adds approximately a week, overseas delivery times will be quoted individually. See Delivery
Yes we are outside the new enlarged congestion zone. If you do go through the congestion zone on your journey please see cclondon.com for map and payment details.
We are currently not taking in restoration works.