The shiny surface offers an appealing mirror-like appearance that reflects light and produces an enchanting Victorian-era ambience. Mercury glass can take many shapes, from candlesticks and vases to saltcellars and sugar basins. More unusual pieces, such as gazing balls, doorknobs, and jewelry can also be found.
Although these much sought-after curios come in a variety of colors—turquoise and pink are especially popular for Christmas ornaments and votives—the original silver shade is still the most desired in the collectibles world. Above left: Tree toppers become dainty bud vases when turned upside down.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele
For more on mercury glass, see “All that Glitters” on page 74 in the January/February 2017 issue of Victoria.