RMS Antique Mirrors
This is a truly unique product that can make a huge difference in a home. RMS™ Natural Stone & Ceramics offer a diverse range of Antique Mirrors that will brighten up any bathroom, living room & commercial space.
A truly luxurious product, Antique Mirrors portray a timeless, ancient feel that will inspire you. Talk to us today about our wide range and best practices. We’d love to help with your renovation ideas.
Antique mirrors are those dating from a previous era that are considered collectable or valuable. There is no specific time period that defines what is antique, but generally the cutoff is 100 years old. These mirrors can also be referred to as vintage mirrors or collectable mirrors… but those terms are not quite the same as antique mirrors. Vintage mirrors are newer than antiques and date to the 20th century, while collectables are valued by collectors – and these type of mirrors don’t necessarily have to be old.
Glass mirrors first began to be used in England in the mid-1600s. They were quite small, as glass was expensive. Over time, mirrors expanded in scope and range to reach the point we are at today.
What makes a mirror antique besides the age? They tend to have beautifully ornate frames and a distinctive character to them. They also tend to have silver backing while modern mirrors are aluminum backed.
Over the last few centuries, mirrors have become one of the most important parts of a home. They are essential furnishings and often create focal points. And people get plenty of use out of mirrors – a British study in 2015 showed men checking their appearance in a mirror an average of 23 times a day and women 16 times. Perhaps some of us will be surprised that men look in mirrors more often than women, but we at Pioneer Glass realize that men often have to look themselves in the mirror and say “what have I done” when they get in trouble with their spouse!
Modern sheet glass is free of bubbling and is smooth. Manufacturing techniques in present day are able to pull this off in a way previous techniques could not.
The reflective coating used on the back of the glass is what turns a piece of glass into a mirror. The materials used here have changed over the years. In the 16th century, mercury was spread over a layer of tin with glass placed atop it. As time went on, old mercury mirrors aged to create a sparkly effect.
The mirror coating on the back of an antique mirror tends to oxidize or tarnish over time, whether made with tin and mercury or a thin sheet of silver. Dark or blotchy spots become visible through the glass, defining it as an antique.