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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.
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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 RMS 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.
Knowledge Base: Mirror is an object that reflects light in such a way that, for incident light in some range of wavelengths, the reflected light preserves many or most of the detailed physical characteristics of the original light. This is different from other light-reflecting objects that do not preserve much of the original wave signal other than color and diffuse reflected light. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image.
Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (where they are also called looking-glasses), decoration, and architecture. Mirrors are also used in scientific apparatus such as telescopes and lasers, cameras, and industrial machinery. Most mirrors are designed for visible light; however, mirrors designed for other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are also used.
Home Improvement Tips
When redecorating a space, an “accent wall” is a common go-to. The idea being to redecorate one wall using a colour or wallpaper in order to breathe new life into a tired old space. However, what if you could execute the same effect on space for a fraction of the time and effort, by simply mounting an antique mirror? You will find the entire aspect of your room changes completely within a matter of minutes.
When it comes to choosing your design, choose colors that match the existent ones and create a pleasant contrast with the other walls. In a room with minimalist decor, with little furniture and few decorations you can perfectly use an antique mirror. But if you have a room with a complicated design, a lot of furniture and printed upholstery, it’s better to choose a mirror of simple design and colour.
According to designer Andreea Avram Rusu there are never rules when it comes to decorating with mirrors. “Mirrors bring light and depth into rooms — they’re like decorative windows you can move around and place as you like,” she says.
Pro Tip: put a large mirror between the bedroom doors, to make the landing feel like an entrance to another space rather than a dead end.
Try a new perspective on a clear mirror with one of our hand crafted, European mirror mosaics, choose from antique, modern and retro styles to personalize your home or next project. 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.