How can you tell if a mirror is mercury glass?

How can you tell if a mirror is mercury glass?

Tip: Place a rod (pen or toothpick) on the mirror. If the point touching the mirror looks like it is directly “touching” its reflection, the glass layer is thin enough and the mirror is probably modern. On the other hand, if the point is separate from its reflection, then it is probably mercury (prior to 1835).

Can antique mirrors be restored?

Antique mirrors have a time-worn charm and can add a sense of old world glamour with their vintage, ornate frames. A thorough yet gentle cleaning of the glass and refinishing of the frame may be the best way to restore an antique mirror. Another option is a do-it-yourself resilvering process.

Can you Remirror a mirror?

Resilvering is basically removing the protective, silver backing of the mirror and reapplying those layers again on the back of the glass. All you need to do is smooth out small pieces of aluminum foil and tape them with clear tape to the back of the mirror.

How can I find the value of an antique?

Where to Find Antique Values

  1. allows you to buy and sell antiques and collectibles.
  2. David Doty. David Doty has a vast amount of information on his site about Carnival glass.
  3. Coin Guide. Coin Guide has a large data base of antique and collectible coins and their values.
  4. Antiques Navigator.

What kind of mirrors are in antique homes?

Many of the vintage mirror designs come from antique mirrors located at fine home estates and museums. We have large mirrors upwards of 7 feet long finished in antique gold leaf, as well as perfectly sized bathroom wall mirrors in every imaginable style and material, from stainless steel to antique gold finish.

How can you tell if an antique mirror is a reproduction?

Check the Mirror Glass. The reflective silver mercury backing of an antique mirror breaks down and oxidizes over time, appearing as random cloudy spots around the edges and across the mirror surface. If the mottled patches on your mirror look too uniform, it may be a reproduction mirror plate.

What kind of mirrors are at classy mirrors?

At, we have a wide range of the finest high-quality antique and vintage designed mirrors for virtually any area of your home. All of our mirrors, from our decorative wall mirrors; wrought iron mirrors; full length, arched, or round mirrors; to even our bathroom wall mirrors are all exacting reproductions.

How much does a Tom Scott faux bamboo Mirror cost?

Decorative-Eclectic Tom Scott Antiques Large Painted Faux Bamboo Mirror in Pale Sage Green £ 395 €465 $546 Large Painted Faux Bamboo Mirror in Pale Sage Green £ 395 €465 $546 Tom Scott Antiques Antique Furniture Direct