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Vintage & Antique Mirrors

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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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Vintage Mahogany Cheval Mirror

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Vintage Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 140

€164
$176
Vintage Mahogany Cheval Mirror

Vintage Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 140

€164
$176

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Retro / Deco Wall Mirror

Victoria Antiques

Retro / Deco Wall Mirror

£ 125

€146
$157
Retro / Deco Wall Mirror

Retro / Deco Wall Mirror

£ 125

€146
$157

Victoria Antiques

19th Century Florentine Gilt Mirror

£ 325

€380
$409
19th Century Florentine Gilt Mirror

19th Century Florentine Gilt Mirror

£ 325

€380
$409

The Old Yard

Arts & Crafts Hand Beaten Copper Mirror

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Arts & Crafts Hand Beaten Copper Mirror

£ 195

€228
$245
Arts & Crafts Hand Beaten Copper Mirror

Arts & Crafts Hand Beaten Copper Mirror

£ 195

€228
$245

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Pair of Adam Revival Giltwood Mirrors

£ 1,650

€1,927
$2,075
Pair of Adam Revival Giltwood Mirrors

Pair of Adam Revival Giltwood Mirrors

£ 1,650

€1927
$2075

Church Street Antiques

19th Century English Rosewood Overmantle Mirror

£ 345

€403
$434
19th Century English Rosewood Overmantle Mirror

19th Century English Rosewood Overmantle Mirror

£ 345

€403
$434

Tom Scott Antiques

Gilt Frame Rococo Style Wall Mirror

£ 825

€964
$1,038
Gilt Frame Rococo Style Wall Mirror

Gilt Frame Rococo Style Wall Mirror

£ 825

€964
$1038

Antique & Modern Living

Victorian Carved Oak Wall Mirror

£ 245

€286
$308
Victorian Carved Oak Wall Mirror

Victorian Carved Oak Wall Mirror

£ 245

€286
$308

Worboys Antiques

Classic Regency Gilded Convex Mirror

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Classic Regency Gilded Convex Mirror

Classic Regency Gilded Convex Mirror

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Georgian Antiques

English Gilt Oval Wall Mirror

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

English Gilt Oval Wall Mirror

£ 395

€461
$497
English Gilt Oval Wall Mirror

English Gilt Oval Wall Mirror

£ 395

€461
$497

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Antique Walnut Framed Cheval Dressing Mirror

£ 250

€292
$314
Antique Walnut Framed Cheval Dressing Mirror

Antique Walnut Framed Cheval Dressing Mirror

£ 250

€292
$314

Town House Traders Ltd

Large Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 1,850

€2,161
$2,327
Large Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

Large Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 1,850

€2161
$2327

London City Antiques

Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency Style Mirror

£ 375

€438
$472
Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency Style Mirror

Vintage Italian Hollywood Regency Style Mirror

£ 375

€438
$472

Marylebone Antiques

Large French Napoleon III Ebonised & Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
Large French Napoleon III Ebonised & Gilt Overmantle Mirror

Large French Napoleon III Ebonised & Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 1,285

€1,501
$1,616
Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

Antique Victorian Quality Mahogany Cheval Mirror

£ 1,285

€1501
$1616

London City Antiques

Large Edwardian Oak Framed Oval Mirror

£ 250

€292
$314
Large Edwardian Oak Framed Oval Mirror

Large Edwardian Oak Framed Oval Mirror

£ 250

€292
$314

Antique Furniture Direct

Super Victorian Oval Gilt Mirror

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Super Victorian Oval Gilt Mirror

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Super Victorian Oval Gilt Mirror

Super Victorian Oval Gilt Mirror

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Superb Satinwood Inlaid Tryptic Cheval Mirror

£ 1,495

€1,746
$1,881
Superb Satinwood Inlaid Tryptic Cheval Mirror

Superb Satinwood Inlaid Tryptic Cheval Mirror

£ 1,495

€1746
$1881

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

19th Century Rippled Gilt Mirror

£ 295

€345
$371
19th Century Rippled Gilt Mirror

19th Century Rippled Gilt Mirror

£ 295

€345
$371

Tony Youll Antiques

Pair of 19th Century Continental Wall Mirrors

£ 1,200

€1,402
$1,509
Pair of 19th Century Continental Wall Mirrors

Pair of 19th Century Continental Wall Mirrors

£ 1,200

€1402
$1509

Antique & Decorative

Carved & Gilded Mirror in the Manner of ‘James Moore’

£ 1,500

€1,752
$1,887
Good Large 19th Century Italian Wall Mirror Marginal Mirror

£ 1,150

€1,343
$1,447
Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

£ 245

€286
$308
Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

£ 245

€286
$308

Worboys Antiques

Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

£ 285

€333
$358
Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

Mahogany Full Length Wall Mirror

£ 285

€333
$358

Worboys Antiques

Regency Gilded Tryptic Mirror

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
Regency Gilded Tryptic Mirror

Regency Gilded Tryptic Mirror

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

Georgian Antiques

A Very Good George III Box Dressing Mirror in Mahogany

£ 365

€426
$459
A Very Good George III Box Dressing Mirror in Mahogany

A Very Good George III Box Dressing Mirror in Mahogany

£ 365

€426
$459

Stalham Antique Gallery

French Bleached Oak Wall Mirror

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

French Bleached Oak Wall Mirror

£ 595

€695
$748
French Bleached Oak Wall Mirror

French Bleached Oak Wall Mirror

£ 595

€695
$748

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

Victorian Pink Velvet Wall Mirror

£ 295

€345
$371
Victorian Pink Velvet Wall Mirror

Victorian Pink Velvet Wall Mirror

£ 295

€345
$371

Kernow Furniture

Stylish Regency Ebonised & Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Stylish Regency Ebonised & Gilt Wall Mirror

Stylish Regency Ebonised & Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Philip Hunt Antiques

Decorative Gilt Metal Cheval Dressing Mirror

£ 180

€210
$226
Decorative Gilt Metal Cheval Dressing Mirror

Decorative Gilt Metal Cheval Dressing Mirror

£ 180

€210
$226

Town House Traders Ltd

Elegant Regency Gilt & Black Wall Mirror

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Elegant Regency Gilt & Black Wall Mirror

Elegant Regency Gilt & Black Wall Mirror

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Elmgarden

19th Century Gilt Girandole Mirror

£ 390

€456
$491
19th Century Gilt Girandole Mirror

19th Century Gilt Girandole Mirror

£ 390

€456
$491

Antique & Decorative

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.