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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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Early Victorian Gilt Mirror

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Early Victorian Gilt Mirror

£ 895

€1041
$1089
Early Victorian Gilt Mirror

Early Victorian Gilt Mirror

£ 895

€1041
$1089

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

19th Century French Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 1250

€1454
$1520
19th Century French Gilt Wall Mirror

19th Century French Gilt Wall Mirror

£ 1250

€1454
$1520

Martlesham Antiques

Giltwood Oval Wall Mirror

Town House Traders Ltd

Giltwood Oval Wall Mirror

£ 190

€221
$231
Giltwood Oval Wall Mirror

Giltwood Oval Wall Mirror

£ 190

€221
$231

Town House Traders Ltd

Large Oval Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

£ 475

€553
$578
Large Oval Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

Large Oval Arts & Crafts Copper Mirror

£ 475

€553
$578

Penrose Antiques Ltd

Impressive 19th Century Giltwood Mirror

£ 2250

€2617
$2737
Impressive 19th Century Giltwood Mirror

Impressive 19th Century Giltwood Mirror

£ 2250

€2617
$2737

Rams Head Antiques

Good Large Italian Pier Glass Mirror

£ 1850

€2152
$2250
Good Large Italian Pier Glass Mirror

Good Large Italian Pier Glass Mirror

£ 1850

€2152
$2250

Rams Head Antiques

Huge Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 895

€1041
$1089
Huge Gilt Overmantle Mirror

Huge Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 895

€1041
$1089

Mercia Interiors

A Superb Art Deco Dressing Mirror

Antique & Modern Living

A Superb Art Deco Dressing Mirror

£ 2450

€2850
$2980
A Superb Art Deco Dressing Mirror

A Superb Art Deco Dressing Mirror

£ 2450

€2850
$2980

Antique & Modern Living

Antique Pine Overmantle Mirror

£ 95

€111
$116
Antique Pine Overmantle Mirror

Antique Pine Overmantle Mirror

£ 95

€111
$116

Vintage House

19th Century French Country House Mirror

£ 750

€872
$912
19th Century French Country House Mirror

19th Century French Country House Mirror

£ 750

€872
$912

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Exceptionally Tall Ornate Gilt Cheval Mirror

£ 875

€1018
$1064
Exceptionally Tall Ornate Gilt Cheval Mirror

Exceptionally Tall Ornate Gilt Cheval Mirror

£ 875

€1018
$1064

Salisbury Antiques Centre

19th Century Dutch Marquetry Dressing Mirror

£ 948

€1103
$1153
19th Century Dutch Marquetry Dressing Mirror

19th Century Dutch Marquetry Dressing Mirror

£ 948

€1103
$1153

Walton House Antiques Ltd

Early Regency Overmantel Mirror

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Early Regency Overmantel Mirror

£ 1150

€1338
$1399
Early Regency Overmantel Mirror

Early Regency Overmantel Mirror

£ 1150

€1338
$1399

Salisbury Antiques Centre

French Trumeau Mirror c.1810

Salisbury Antiques Centre

French Trumeau Mirror c.1810

£ 895

€1041
$1089
French Trumeau Mirror c.1810

French Trumeau Mirror c.1810

£ 895

€1041
$1089

Salisbury Antiques Centre

19th Century Grey & Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

£ 875

€1018
$1064
19th Century Grey & Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

19th Century Grey & Giltwood Overmantle Mirror

£ 875

€1018
$1064

Salisbury Antiques Centre

Antique Victorian Cheval Mirror

€ 695

£597
$727
Antique Victorian Cheval Mirror

Antique Victorian Cheval Mirror

€ 695

£597
$727

Reillys Antiques

Antique 19th Century Mirror

€ 650

£559
$680
Antique 19th Century Mirror

Antique 19th Century Mirror

€ 650

£559
$680

Reillys Antiques

Pair of Antique 19th Century Adam Style Mirrors

€ 3200

£2751
$3346
Pair of Antique 19th Century Adam Style Mirrors

Pair of Antique 19th Century Adam Style Mirrors

€ 3200

£2751
$3346

Reillys Antiques

Large Gilt Mirror

Tony Youll Antiques

Large Gilt Mirror

£ 995

€1158
$1210
Large Gilt Mirror

Large Gilt Mirror

£ 995

€1158
$1210

Tony Youll Antiques

Pair of Edwardian Giltwood  Wall Mirrors

€ 2450

£2106
$2561
Pair of Edwardian Giltwood  Wall Mirrors

Pair of Edwardian Giltwood Wall Mirrors

€ 2450

£2106
$2561

Reillys Antiques

Antique 19th Century Gilt Decorative Mirror

€ 3995

£3434
$4177
Antique 19th Century Gilt Decorative Mirror

Antique 19th Century Gilt Decorative Mirror

€ 3995

£3434
$4177

Reillys Antiques

Antique 19th Century Pair of Gilt Girandole Mirrors

€ 2950

£2536
$3084
Antique 19th Century Pair of Gilt Girandole Mirrors

Antique 19th Century Pair of Gilt Girandole Mirrors

€ 2950

£2536
$3084

Reillys Antiques

Antique 19th Century Gilt Overmantle Mirror

€ 2750

£2364
$2875
Antique 19th Century Gilt Overmantle Mirror

Antique 19th Century Gilt Overmantle Mirror

€ 2750

£2364
$2875

Reillys Antiques

Antique Walnut Cheval Mirror

Town House Traders Ltd

Antique Walnut Cheval Mirror

£ 260

€302
$316
Antique Walnut Cheval Mirror

Antique Walnut Cheval Mirror

£ 260

€302
$316

Town House Traders Ltd

Beautiful Framed and Carved Mirror

Stalham Antique Gallery

Beautiful Framed and Carved Mirror

£ 265

€308
$322
Beautiful Framed and Carved Mirror

Beautiful Framed and Carved Mirror

£ 265

€308
$322

Stalham Antique Gallery

Regency Dressing Table Mirror

Thakeham Furniture ltd

Regency Dressing Table Mirror

£ 720

€838
$876
Regency Dressing Table Mirror

Regency Dressing Table Mirror

£ 720

€838
$876

Thakeham Furniture ltd

Late Victorian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

£ 260

€302
$316
Late Victorian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

Late Victorian Walnut Overmantle Mirror

£ 260

€302
$316

Philip Hunt Antiques

Lovely Quality George III Mahogany Pier Mirror

£ 785

€913
$955
Lovely Quality George III Mahogany Pier Mirror

Lovely Quality George III Mahogany Pier Mirror

£ 785

€913
$955

Thakeham Furniture ltd

Monumental Victorian Gilded Carved Wood & Gesso Mirror

£ 7750

€9016
$9426
Monumental Victorian Gilded Carved Wood & Gesso Mirror

Monumental Victorian Gilded Carved Wood & Gesso Mirror

£ 7750

€9016
$9426

Georgian Antiques

Regency Pier Mirror with Foxed Plate

£ 545

€634
$663
Regency Pier Mirror with Foxed Plate

Regency Pier Mirror with Foxed Plate

£ 545

€634
$663

Hunt & Gather

Inlaid Rosewood Campaign Mirror

£ 85

€99
$103
Inlaid Rosewood Campaign Mirror

Inlaid Rosewood Campaign Mirror

£ 85

€99
$103

Rowandale Antiques

19th Century French Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1275

€1483
$1551
19th Century French Gilt Overmantle Mirror

19th Century French Gilt Overmantle Mirror

£ 1275

€1483
$1551

Tom Scott Antiques

French Oval Figured Gilt Mirror

£ 595

€692
$724
French Oval Figured Gilt Mirror

French Oval Figured Gilt Mirror

£ 595

€692
$724

Tom Scott Antiques

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.