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Vintage & Antique Mirrors

Mirrors have a long and noble history with the oldest surviving being over 8000 years old and made of polished Obsidian (volcanic glass). For thousands of years the necessary reflective quality was created using polished metals or stones, but in the 16th Century a new finish was invented using a mercury and tin amalgam. At the time Venice was the centre for such Mirror production with this new technique was initially kept a closely guarded secret. Extremely hard to make in large sheets, most early mirror frames instead incorporated smaller plates joined together. Large mirrors only became possible in the late 18th Century and were prohibitively expensive for all but the elite.


Today a mirror is just as important in any room as in the past bringing light and elegance. Of course, there are many different forms from wall mirrors or Overmantle mirrors to dressing mirrors and handheld. However whichever you decide on, there is nothing that beats the character of antique and vintage examples. At LoveAntiques you will find amazing old mirrors of all sorts for all your needs.

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Pair of Rosewood Oval Mirrors

£ 595

€701
$742
Pair of Rosewood Oval Mirrors

Pair of Rosewood Oval Mirrors

£ 595

€701
$742

Tom Scott Antiques

Arts and Crafts Overmantel Mirror

£ 225

€265
$281
Arts and Crafts Overmantel Mirror

Arts and Crafts Overmantel Mirror

£ 225

€265
$281

artsncraftsfurniture

Antique Gilt Mirror

Hingstons Antiques

Antique Gilt Mirror

£ 1375

€1621
$1715
Antique Gilt Mirror

Antique Gilt Mirror

£ 1375

€1621
$1715

Hingstons Antiques

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

Kernow Furniture

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

£ 545

€643
$680
Edwardian Gilt Mirror

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

£ 545

€643
$680

Kernow Furniture

Large Antique Gilt Mirror

Tony Youll Antiques

Large Antique Gilt Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216
Large Antique Gilt Mirror

Large Antique Gilt Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216

Tony Youll Antiques

Vintage Gilt Mirror

Kernow Furniture

Vintage Gilt Mirror

£ 195

€230
$243
Vintage Gilt Mirror

Vintage Gilt Mirror

£ 195

€230
$243

Kernow Furniture

Antique Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 785

€925
$979
Antique Gilt Overmantle Mirror

Antique Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 785

€925
$979

Kernow Furniture

French 19th Century Landscape Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216
French 19th Century Landscape Mirror

French 19th Century Landscape Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216

Tony Youll Antiques

Antique French Mercury Plate Mirror

£ 120

€141
$150
Antique French Mercury Plate Mirror

Antique French Mercury Plate Mirror

£ 120

€141
$150

Harmony Antiques

Vintage Gilt Oval Mirror

Kernow Furniture

Vintage Gilt Oval Mirror

£ 185

€218
$231
Vintage Gilt Oval Mirror

Vintage Gilt Oval Mirror

£ 185

€218
$231

Kernow Furniture

Most Unusual Mid 19th Century Rococo Mirror

£ 590

€696
$736
Most Unusual Mid 19th Century Rococo Mirror

Most Unusual Mid 19th Century Rococo Mirror

£ 590

€696
$736

Windsor House Antiques

Round Convex Brass Mirror

£ 185

€218
$231
Round Convex Brass Mirror

Round Convex Brass Mirror

£ 185

€218
$231

Kernow Furniture

Victorian Ebonised Mirror

£ 195

€230
$243
Victorian Ebonised Mirror

Victorian Ebonised Mirror

£ 195

€230
$243

Kernow Furniture

Carved Eastern Wall Mirror

£ 275

€324
$343
Carved Eastern Wall Mirror

Carved Eastern Wall Mirror

£ 275

€324
$343

Kernow Furniture

Mahogany Sheraton Revival Swing Mirror

£ 320

€377
$399
Mahogany Sheraton Revival Swing Mirror

Mahogany Sheraton Revival Swing Mirror

£ 320

€377
$399

Philip Hunt Antiques

Antique Mahogany Dressing Mirror

£ 695

€819
$867
Antique Mahogany Dressing Mirror

Antique Mahogany Dressing Mirror

£ 695

€819
$867

Penderyn Antiques

18th Century Ornately Carved Italian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

£ 8500

€10021
$10599
18th Century Ornately Carved Italian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

18th Century Ornately Carved Italian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

£ 8500

€10021
$10599

Hastings Antiques Warehouse

Three Part 19th Century Period Giltwood Mirror

£ 580

€684
$723
Three Part 19th Century Period Giltwood Mirror

Three Part 19th Century Period Giltwood Mirror

£ 580

€684
$723

Windsor House Antiques

Whytock & Reid Chinese Style Mirror c.1900

£ 400

€472
$499
Whytock & Reid Chinese Style Mirror c.1900

Whytock & Reid Chinese Style Mirror c.1900

£ 400

€472
$499

Georgian Antiques

Dutch Brass & Ebonized Mirror

£ 1850

€2181
$2307
Dutch Brass & Ebonized Mirror

Dutch Brass & Ebonized Mirror

£ 1850

€2181
$2307

Georgian Antiques

Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

£ 395

€466
$493
Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

£ 395

€466
$493

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

Mercia Interiors

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

£ 395

€466
$493
Edwardian Gilt Mirror

Edwardian Gilt Mirror

£ 395

€466
$493

Mercia Interiors

French Gilt Margin Mirror

Tony Youll Antiques

French Gilt Margin Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216
French Gilt Margin Mirror

French Gilt Margin Mirror

£ 975

€1149
$1216

Tony Youll Antiques

George III Mahogany Fret Wall Mirror

£ 640

€755
$798
George III Mahogany Fret Wall Mirror

George III Mahogany Fret Wall Mirror

£ 640

€755
$798

Thakeham Furniture ltd

Large 19th Century English Silvered Overmantle Mirror

£ 2650

€3124
$3305
Large 19th Century English Silvered Overmantle Mirror

Large 19th Century English Silvered Overmantle Mirror

£ 2650

€3124
$3305

Burgett Langfield

Large Gothic Mirror Owned by Marquis of Breadalbane

£ 1850

€2181
$2307
Large Gothic Mirror Owned by Marquis of Breadalbane

Large Gothic Mirror Owned by Marquis of Breadalbane

£ 1850

€2181
$2307

Georgian Antiques

Gothic Mirror from Taymouth Castle, Perthshire

£ 1500

€1768
$1870
Gothic Mirror from Taymouth Castle, Perthshire

Gothic Mirror from Taymouth Castle, Perthshire

£ 1500

€1768
$1870

Georgian Antiques

Very Fine Large 19th Century Arch Top Overmantle Mirror

€ 7950

£6743
$8409
Very Fine Large 19th Century Arch Top Overmantle Mirror

Very Fine Large 19th Century Arch Top Overmantle Mirror

€ 7950

£6743
$8409

Yeats Country Antiques

Fine 19th Century Large Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

€ 5950

£5047
$6293
Fine 19th Century Large Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

Fine 19th Century Large Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

€ 5950

£5047
$6293

Yeats Country Antiques

Victorian Gilt Large Overmantle Mirror

£ 2950

€3478
$3679
Victorian Gilt Large Overmantle Mirror

Victorian Gilt Large Overmantle Mirror

£ 2950

€3478
$3679

Lorna Byskou

Victorian Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1750

€2063
$2182
Victorian Gilt Overmantle Mirror

Victorian Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1750

€2063
$2182

Lorna Byskou

French Ornate Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 495

€584
$617
French Ornate Gilt Wall Mirror

French Ornate Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 495

€584
$617

Rocaille

Smaller Victorian Overmantel Mirror

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Smaller Victorian Overmantel Mirror

£ 400

€472
$499
Smaller Victorian Overmantel Mirror

Smaller Victorian Overmantel Mirror

£ 400

€472
$499

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Vintage and Antique Mirror FAQs


How can you tell if a mirror is old?

There are several ways to tell if a mirror is or not. The first is to look at the mirror plate itself. Mercury Mirrors first began to be used from the 16th Century and used thicker glass than today. You can gauge the glass thickness by placing an object like a pen or coin against the glass and spot the depth of the gap before the reflection begins. The mirror will also ‘sparkle’ and create a softer image than modern mirrors. Silver backed mirrors emerged in 1835 and the mirror has a slightly more yellow tint overall than new examples. Older mirrors are more liable to have imperfections and losses to the silvering. Modern mirrors are backed in a tin foil which produces a very crisp image. You can often also date a mirror from the frame, but it is important to recognise that old mirrors regularly get new mirror plates and old mirrors can be put into modern frames. Many people today ‘age’ modern mirrors using paint or artificial wear, but these can usually be differentiated from genuine old examples.


What different types of mirror are there?

As a loved item in any home there are many forms and styles of mirror, although they are all for the same basic purpose. The most common types are convex mirrors (which are domed outwards and display a wider field of view than usual) and flat mirrors. Those placed above the fireplace and have a flat base are called Overmantel mirrors, while those originally intended to be hung over a side table are called Pier mirrors. Depending on the size there are several names for mirrors with their own stand. These are commonly called Cheval or Swing mirrors if they tilt and Toilet or Dressing mirrors if they were intended to be placed on top of a table or chest. Hand mirrors are held in the hand as the name suggests.


How much do Antique mirrors cost?

Like any piece of antique furniture antique and vintage mirrors can vary dramatically in price. This can be due to the size, look, rarity and overall desirability of the piece. Generally larger more grand mirrors always command more money than smaller because they are status symbols for wealth and antique examples are usually (with some exceptions) more valuable than vintage or modern mirrors. When purchasing a mirror online it is important to consider the shipping to yourself as this can be prohibitive. Most postal companies will not offer compensation for damage and personal couriers will often charge a slight premium for the extra care required. This is why it is worthwhile buying from our reputable dealers on LoveAntiques as they usually sort the delivery for you.     


How to antique a mirror?

Many people today enjoy mirrors which appear weathered and worn as occurs naturally over time with antique silvered or mercury mirrors. While nothing beats original worn mirror plates, this is not always possible so weathered effects are created instead. There are lots of videos and descriptions online for how to ‘age’ a mirror but there are basically two approaches. The first is to take a modern mirror and create gaps and flaking to the foil backing using cleaning products, paint stripper and abrasives such as wire wool. These gaps are then accentuated with dark paint. The second approach is to begin with a clear sheet of glass and build up a weathered mirror look using layers of mirror-effect spray paint and an oil or washing up liquid to create natural defects and spots. Either approach can be quite effective and create a unique look.  


Where can I buy antique mirrors?

There are more places than ever to buy antique mirrors from physical bricks and mortar shops to online portals such as LoveAntiques. Since mirrors can be quite fragile it is best to purchase from a reputable dealer which will give you the piece of mind that the item is genuine as listed, that it is in good condition and who will sort out safe delivery for you if needed. There are many styles to choose from depending on your taste and the size of the space it is going into, but for later resale classic timeless examples hold their value well and will always be desirable. Compared to the past we now appreciate a degree of wear and degradation to the mirror plate and frames, but it is important to remember that there is a difference between worn and worn out.