A Reflection on Antique Mirrors

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • Mar 22, 2012 • 1 Comments

Dig up your Sherlock Holmes cap, because today you’re going to become an antiquing detective and learn how to tell if your antique mirror is an original or a replica.  Starting with the frame, if it’s made of wood, you’ll want to take a look at the screws.  Antique mirrors were made with handmade screws, so the screws should look irregular, not manufactured.  There should also be a natural darkening of the wood near the hardware.  If there is any painting on the frame, look for imperfections and differing thickness in places.  Antique mirror frames were handmade.  If the paint is too even and too perfect, it was probably made by a machine and is not a genuine antique.  Next, take a look at the glass.  The glass should look thicker and heavier than modern day mirror glass.  It should look aged, not pristine. 

You can trust that the mirrors you find in The Stanley Weiss Collection are genuine antiques.  Weiss says, “If it’s a new piece of glass, I don’t want it!  I want to see the inky glass…the age and the oxidation.” 

Mirrors are functional items that we use every day, usually without noticing.  We use convex mirrors to broaden our rear view in our cars, helping to minimize our blind spots.  Your dentist uses a mirror in your mouth to check your teeth.  Tiny mirrors cover disco balls to light up the dance floor.  Microscopic mirrors are key in the functioning of high definition TV and projectors.  No one can deny that mirrors are a functional part of our daily lives.  But, when function merges with art, you have something really special.

A mirror can easily be the thing you stand in front of to straighten your tie, but if you invest in an antique mirror, you are investing in a piece of fine art – hand crafted down to the very screw. 

The antique mirror pictured to the right from The Stanley Weiss Collection is available here.  Feel free to get lost reflecting on which reflective mirror you’d like to snag from our Latique inventory.   Stop by the blog on Friday to learn more about The Stanley Weiss Collection.