Introduction to Buying Antique Mirrors
Not all antique mirrors are the same. In fact, there are many fraudulent websites out there that claim to sell vintage mirrors when in fact they are not. When you refer to antique style mirrors for sale, these are the ones that date back to at least 100 years. Many factors are used to appraise value in the market and offer insight into the antique mirror’s true value. Learn about old antique mirrors to acquire a wider knowledge of the types that tend to increase in value as they age. Get reference books on antique and vintage mirrors from your local library or bookstores or subscribe to antique-inspired magazines. Another great tip is to browse flea markets and antique stores for similar mirrors to use in comparison. Use the internet to gather information about your aged mirrors through informational websites and sellers offering comparable items.
When you are looking for a vintage mirror, we connect you with the seller, and you can speak to them directly if you have any questions about the item they have for sale. You will find a large selection of antique mirrors for sale from reputable dealers throughout Europe, and the buying process is made easy by being able to speak to the antique dealer directly. To find out more about how the Love Antiques website works, click here and look at our FAQ page. Browse our high-quality inventory for the best deals for antique and vintage mirrors for sale from the largest online selection at LoveAntiques.com
We Have Many Different Styles of Antique Vintage Mirrors for Sale
Antique mirrors add a distinctive accent to any space. Framed antique mirrors are valuable because of its rarity, history and classic beauty. No wonder antique mirrors for sale are quite popular! We can provide you with a wide range of style options, especially since the antique mirrors the UK have today are purchased for their aesthetic value. Whether you are looking for large antique mirrors or those made in the 19th century, we have all the categories that you can use to narrow down your search.
- Gothic Mirrors – One of our most sought-after antique style mirrors for sale. These mirrors were manufactured in the 12th to the 16th centuries, also known as the Medieval Gothic revival era. The 19th century, on the other hand, is the period of the Victorian Gothic style. Most of the vintage mirrors for sale feature a few key characteristics: dark wood frames, pointed arches, and ornate carvings.
- Baroque Mirrors – Are an equally popular style of antique mirror. The style dates back to the 17th century to the middle of the 18th century. When you buy a Baroque antique style mirror, you will find items that are made from materials like walnut or oak. They are also accented by gold or silver frames. They do have carvings but are not as ornate as the Gothic ones.
- Georgian – This style of antique mirror dates back from the early 18th century to the mid-19th century. You can easily distinguish this type of mirror with its rectangular shape and paler style (as compared to previous eras).
- Victorian – The vintage mirrors from this era are known for their contrasting elements. Some use dark wood while others are painted white. There are also vintage mirrors that have ornate designs and others with simplistic styles.
- Art Nouveau – The art deco mirrors from the mid century era of the 19th and 20th centuries are some of the most unique styles we offer. At Love Antiques, you can buy a vintage wall mirror that features pewter frames, beveled glass, sinuous lines, and nature-inspired motifs, among others.
- Edwardian – The Edwardian era is the first decade of the 20th century. This is one of the styles we have available in our collection of vintage mirrors for sale. It is characterised by its use of delicate colours and style.
Determining the Value when Buying a Vintage Mirror
When you want to buy antique vintage mirrors online, like any other collectible, vary in value. In order to find the correct value for your mirror, you need to know when it was made, who made it, how common it is and, most importantly, the current market value. You cannot know the true value of your mirror until you find its market value. To do this, you must research. To determine the price of an antique mirror, you can chat with a professional appraiser who regularly evaluates antiques and vintage pieces who can help you determine the market value of your old mirrors.
Buy Antique Mirrors with Confidence from Love Antiques
When buying antique mirrors for sale, choose only reputable sites like Love Antiques. We are a legitimate site offering thousands of vintage products from various antique dealers. For anybody to buy or sell antique mirrors on the Love Antiques website, they first must register an account with us which is simple to do and free of charge for buyers, you can register a buying account by clicking here. If you are an antique dealer and are interested in opening a sellers account or would like more information, please click here. We will thoroughly vet all sellers accounts to ensure that only reliable and reputable antique dealers can sell their antiques on the Love Antiques website. We want to give buyers the peace of mind and confidence that the antique mirror for sale that they like and wish to purchase is genuine and comes from a reputable source. There is no better place to purchase antique mirrors than Love Antiques, the marketplace where antique buyers and dealers work hand in hand to provide our customers the best antique shopping experience.
Vintage and Antique Mirror FAQs
How can you tell if a mirror is an antique mirror?
The main thing that makes mirrors antique is their age. Items created before the 19th century are considered antique. The frames of these mirrors today will no longer be in pristine condition. You would notice spots and discolourations, and corners would be uneven, due to the effects of heat and cold while kept in a room over the years. The frames they came in tend to be carved wood and sometimes even with gesso, which was a common material back then. You would usually notice a thin layer of gold leaf at the top part. The technology at that time resulted in glass having waves or bubbling and mirror heights of up to two feet. Reflection would be sparkly due to the presence of mercury, which was used to stick the tin to the glass. As the mirrors were handcrafted, all the items wouldn’t come in perfect symmetry. Before you place an order, it’s important to check the items first.
How much do antique dealers on Love Antiques charge for mirrors?
Our antique dealers at the Love Antiques shop sell the antique mirrors within the £75-£7,800 price range. We are the home of one of the biggest collections of antique mirrors UK has ever seen, from overmantle to wall mirrors and even different variations of the french antique bevelled mirror. Visit our page to see what we have on offer and the price we’re offering each item for. The 19th-century mirrors we have on stock include those from Victorian, regency and even some from the late Georgian era. You can also check out the Georgian antiques before the 19th century. If there’s a specific type of mirror design you want but couldn’t see on our site, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Is it worth purchasing mirrors which are vintage antiques?
A mirror easily stands out among other items of furniture and is even one of those items that could be sold at a high price when it reaches a certain age. When it comes to vintage mirror frames, for example, if you pick well, it would bring sophistication into any room of your home. Its value would also increase with the passage of time, as long as it’s not one of those counterfeit vintage style mirrors - items that look and feel old but are actually not. Any furniture could be valuable, if based on how we feel about the object and on some stories from the generations attached to it. However, not all heirloom furniture, including some antique-inspired wall mirrors, can be considered valuable. Age alone won't ensure a price increase. If it's rare, just one of the few items left of its kind, created by a well-known manufacturer, or was crafted at a time and place that was significant in history, then what you have is a prized item. If you want to buy vintage mirror for sale to decorate a special room in your house, order only from a reputable store such as Love Antiques.
What style of antique mirror should I go for?
The mirror has been around for centuries and has evolved with the different time periods that continue to mesmerise us. The different periods produced iconic styles that gave the modern world a glimpse of how people were in those days. There are bound to be items that would suit your taste and budget. Some styles to consider include gothic, baroque, rococo, Georgian, neo-classical, regency, and the simpler and more geometric French. Each would go well even with modern furniture. You can pick any of these styles, just make sure you consider the overall condition and scrutinise the items to ensure authenticity. It doesn’t mean that a few imperfections and signs of wear and tear that comes with age would significantly bring the price down. Visit our website to learn more about these beautiful pieces. There are lots of options to choose from and you’re assured of authenticity when you order from Love Antiques.