Lofty Mirror ??

I am planning to make a couple of bathroom mirrors in the style of the "lofty mirror"--google has lots of pics. It is basically a simple mirror with a wood frame on the left and right, but nothing on the top or bottom. These will get daily use and I prefer not to have a traditional (4 side) frame for mirrors that will get everything from shaving foam to toothpaste sprayed on them.
In a normal frame, the mirror cannot fall out or down, so I generally put some silicone on the back of the frame to keep the mirror in place. But given the lack of a mechanical linkage, will silicone be strong enough to keep the mirror from sliding down or out of a frame without a bottom rail? Should I use other stuff, like mirror-mastic or the like, perhaps troweled on the back?
Any thoughts on the actual frame design? I am planning to have the mirror simply drop into a shallow rabbet (not a frame/panel groove) on either stile (8/4 stock), with the thinner connecting rails (4/4 stock), get hidden behind the mirror. But I have never done this before and am not sure whether the left/right edges of the mirror need to be hidden from view.
Cheers, Shawn
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*snip*

If the sides can extend past the mirror, a small shelf could be installed in the rabbet (simply a place where the rabbet stops) that would allow the mirror to slide down only so far. (A stop rabbet would also work.)
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"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message

A slightly different style (stile too), but not a bad idea at all!! More modernistic even. Thanks.
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