All that Glitters

All that GlittersFrom its origins in early nineteenth-century Germany, mercury glass, also known as silvered glass, has enjoyed a loyal following—first among those for whom sterling was too dear for the budget and later with collectors who loved its antique look. Above: A mélange of mercury glass, linens, and gilded bibelots graces a china cabinet.

All that GlittersFrom a distance, it might be hard to tell the difference between mercury glass and silver, but closer inspection will reveal the true nature and nuances of this tarnish-free counterpart. The name itself is a misnomer, for it contains no mercury. In truth, it is composed of double-walled clear glass with a silver nitrate solution poured between the layers through a tiny hole, which is then plugged.


  1. I love seeing mercury glass and would like to see more in different articles. I especially like the tree toppers turned vases
    and would like to see more uses for mercury glass


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