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Where To Find Antique Mirrors For Sale

January 5th, 2011

Antiquing is a fun and exciting hobby. Part of the fun of antiquing is deciding what to collect. Antique mirrors are gorgeous and will enhance the beauty of any room in your home. Learning about antique mirrors can be interesting. There is a lot of history behind an antique mirror.

Where to Find Antique Mirrors

Antique mirrors are located worldwide. Sometimes they are an unexpected find. One of the best places to locate antique mirrors are at garage sales or estate sales. The prices are usually very low for a few reasons.

Garage or estate sales are normally low priced because people want to get rid of “junk”. They are completely unaware that they have a valuable item. For someone with an experienced eye, this is an ideal location to go shopping. For an antique collector, hunting and then finding a desired antique is much more exciting than having someone hand it to you.

However, if you are not into the “hunt”, you may want to consider alternate methods of acquiring your antiques. The price will be higher but perhaps it is worthwhile to you. Antique shops, estate sales, and online sites are good locations to check into.

If you choose to go the online route, you will need to do some research to ensure the company is reputable. Check reviews for this company; however, do not believe everything you read. Anyone can write a review. You will want to find less formal reviews that are written by people who have actually had experiences with the company.

Styles of Antique Mirrors

Styles vary in architecture and artistry depending on the different periods that they were designed in. Most features are intricately curved and glided frames. The mirrors also differ in the techniques in which they were produced. Most of the mirrors you will find are oval or rectangular. The different styles include:

* Mirrored Glass – This type of glass was coated on one side with a reflective substance. These were generally seen in mirrors from the 16th century to the 1840s. The process for making these mirrors was called silvering.

* Baroque Mirrors – this style involved small pieces of glass joined together to make one large mirror. The frames were usually an oak or walnut finished with gold or silver leaf which reflected the candlelight or sunlight in the room.

* Plate Glass and the Rocco – debuting at the early 18th century in France, this mirror used large sheets of plate glass. The frames were rectangular walnut or mahogany carved with seashells and curlicues. American and English manufacturers befan using this technique in 1770.

* Classical Elegance – These mirrors were usually rectangular but different countries developed their own designs. English Regency mirrors were elegant with flowers and scrollwork carvings at the tops of the gilded frames. French Empire mirrors were more simply designed with frames of mahogany.

* Victorian Imitations – These were mirrors produced in the 19th century that combined different aspects of one period with other aspects of another. For example, a Renaissance frame might have a large factory made plate glass from the 19th century surrounded with 15th or 16th century motifs.

Each style is quite unique from the other and should assist you in determining which works best in your home.

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