Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Love of Silvered Mercury Glass!

Are you a fan of Silvered Mercury Glass? 

Do you know what it is?

You see it used everywhere in decorating today and it works beautifully with the French look that I love so much. Go into almost any home decor store and you can find new Silvered Mercury Glass candle holders, vases, plate stands and, my favorite, Christmas ornaments. Its sleek, reflective silvery shine is hard to miss. 
Silvered Mercury Glass was originally made in Germany in the late 1800's as an inexpensive material for candle holders, vases and goblets. Its popularity quickly grew and it became sought after in France, England , Bohemia (Czech Republic) and the United States.

Although it is called Silvered Mercury Glass, it contains neither silver nor mercury!  The name describes glass that was blown double-walled, then silvered between the two layers with a solution containing silver nitrate in a liquid formula and then sealed.

Vintage Silvered Mercury Glass is highly collectible and the price tag reflects its desirability. Reproduction pieces are quite affordable and can be found at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Ballard Design and most home decor boutiques.

Antique Silvered Mercury Glass Candle Holders and new ornaments  (Traditional Home Magazine)

Vintage Silvered Mercury Glass on table at Lisa Luby Ryan design store in Dallas, Texas

New Silvered Mercury Glass vases at West Elm

New Silvered Mercury Glass Candle Holders at Ballard Designs

and, of course,

New Silvered Mercury Glass Candle Holders and Ornaments at MFFC!

Au revoir, Mitty

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