Mercury Glass Sampler

The glint of Mercury Glass is catching my eye as I travel around the Web and elsewhere. Originally created as a “poor man’s silver,” shimmery accessories made from Mercury Glass are back in vogue.

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According to Wikipedia, “Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass… that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware.

“‘Mercury’ silvered glass was produced originally from around 1840 until at least 1930 in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, Germany, and was also manufactured in England from 1849-55. Companies in the United States, including the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., New England Glass Co. and the Boston Silver Glass Company, made silvered glass from about 1852-80.”

Enjoy these reproduction Mercury Glass pieces. I spotted the cheery, pink compotes at Morning Glory Cottage Furnishings in Tahoe City; you can email them for more info.

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Vintageweave Interiors has a fantastic selection of reproduction Mercury Glass, including the limited quantity Oval Pedestal Bowl (top), the French Opera Vase (above left), the Hobnail Chalice (above right) and the pair of doves (below).

Founder/Designer Kathy Delgado says, “Because we love all things Paris, and Paris loves all things Mercury Glass, we created a section just for this revolving collection.” It’s so popular that some of Vintageweave’s items are sold out, but Kathy is in Paris right now buying more, so check back in a few weeks for new items.

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Like colored glass? Get a set of Blue Mercury Glass Candlesticks from eBay’s Memories & More . Or place the pair of Mercury Glass Spheres from Gracious Home atop your mantel.

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You’ll find these gracefull hanging Mercury Glass vases on the patio at Berkeley’s Omega Too:

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If your budget allows for more than reproductions, try these resources for antique Mercury Glass:

Is there any Mercury Glass in your decor? Tell us what you mixed it with.

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