Mercury Glass Pieces (C)

With its unique mirror surface and sleek silvery shine, mercury glass is easy to identify and is truly distinct among the many types of Art glass produced in the 19 century. While virtually silver in appearance and commonly referred to as “mercury glass,” silvered glass has nothing to do with the precious metal, and mercury was never used in the formula for tableware. Initially a curiosity, silvered glass may have become popular because of its marked departure from the aesthetic tedium of the clear blown and pressed glass made in the early 19th century. Sometimes referred to as a novelty, the production of silvered mercury glass lasted about 80 years.

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