Antique mirrors are a focal point within a room and home, and while essential on a practical level for checking an appearance, they can transform a room giving it a feeling of greater space and depth. On a decorative level, antique mirrors help to enhance the style of a room giving it not only additional light and space but introducing a bit of glamour as well.
What to expect in an Antique Mirror
Antique mirrors usually have frames made of wood and often show some signs of wear. The finish of the frame will have been done by hand and therefore may not be uniformly applied. This all adds to the feeling of age and craftsmanship. The screws on the back of the mirror also indicate its age and a maker's label or mark on the back may add to its authenticity.
The glass in antique mirrors will usually contain imperfections. The glass is also thicker than glass in modern mirrors and sometimes has a discolouration caused by age. Really old mirrors used mercury and tin to make the mirror, and the mirror may sparkle slightly behind the glass. Whether made this way or with silver, over time these substances tarnish leaving cloudy spots or mottled patches visible through the glass and the surface may not be completely smooth but slightly wavy.
Types of Antique Mirrors
Antique wall mirrors can come in various shapes and sizes, being both practical and decorative and are often a focal point in a room. Floor mirrors are much larger providing a full-length view while dressing table mirrors are small, decorative mirrors made to sit on a table or vanity unit. Fitted dressing table mirrors may come with 3 panels to help you view from different angles.
Antique mirrors may have ornate carvings and gilded frames, which add elegance and sophistication. Or they have plainer, decorative wooden frames, which feel more understated, yet in many cases no less intricate.