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The first mirrors were made in Murano and silvered in Venice during the 16th century. They were commonly referred to as "looking glasses." The process involved blowing air into glass cylinders, which were then split and flattened to create the mirror. Although effective, this method was laborious and had its limitations. Numerous small glass plates had to be joined together to form a mirror. Over time, this process evolved, allowing for the creation of larger plates and, consequently, larger mirrors. Some exquisite examples from the old world still exist and can make a wonderful addition to your home. Antique mirrors have the ability to add charm and character to any space. However, it's essential to be able to distinguish between a genuine antique and a fake. Here are some pointers to help you:
Antique mirrors were not as flawless in shape and size as modern ones. If you notice random bubbles or waviness in the glass, it is likely an antique. A perfectly flat glass surface could indicate a reproduction.
In the past, mirrors had a mercury coating at the back that combined with tin to create the reflective effect. If you observe a mercury coating at the back of your mirror, it is likely an antique.
Signs of Aging
Authentic antique mirrors tend to develop spots on the front over time, regardless of the material they are made from. They may also show signs of oxidation at the bottom, resulting from repeated cleaning.
Antique mirrors have the power to enhance the beauty of your room while adding a touch of history. However, selecting the right mirror is just as important as determining its authenticity. Take the time to study and ask questions to your dealer to better understand the mirror's history before making a purchase for your home.
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