As you observed,
the leg of the frame is missing.
This is a silver
frame around an oval mirror with ornate decorations in the frame.
Garlands of flowers drape down the sides of the frame and at the
bottom to form the legs. At the top are two small silver angels
that look out at the viewer.
was it used?
frame would have been a costly item and only important people
in the Church or someone in the ruling class would have had such
a valuable item in their home or collection in Mexico in 1830.
was a great deal of silver found in the mines of Mexico. Many
of the native Mexicans were sent deep into the earth to mine this
silver for the conquering Spanish.