• WordNet 3.6
    • n overmantel a shelf over a mantelpiece
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overmantel In furniture-making, the frame of shelves, decorative panels, or the like, often including a mirror, which covers the chimney-breast above the mantelshelf.
    • overmantel Placed over the shelf of a mantel, or prepared to be so placed: said of a painting, a carved panel, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Overmantel ō′vėr-man-tl a frame containing shelves and other decorations, and often a mirror, set on a mantel-shelf.
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In literature:

On the overmantel the pulse of time beat on from a little wooden clock.
"Mistress Wilding" by Rafael Sabatini
Standing by the hearth, one foot on the stone kerb, one elbow leaning lightly on the overmantel, she proceeded leisurely to remove her gloves.
"St. Martin's Summer" by Rafael Sabatini
He stood leaning upon the overmantel, his foot upon one of the dogs of the fender, and considered what to do.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
On the overmantel stood two five-armed sconces with lighted tapers.
"Love-at-Arms" by Raphael Sabatini
The overmantels were decorated with coats-of-arms and other carving, and the entablature over the fireplace often had Latin mottoes.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
The large mirrors of the wardrobe and overmantel were filling with vague lights and shadows.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
Lord Lashmore retied his stock, standing before the small mirror set in the overmantel.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
Lady's chair, gent's chair, sofa, and four uprights, with chiffonnier, and overmantel, and all.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He found what he wanted presently, in a little blue cup on the overmantel, and in a few minutes he had fixed the switch to the wall.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
He realized for the first time how much he hated overmantels.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna

In news:

Extremely rare early 18th century burr walnut and parcel gilt overmantel mirror.