Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Antiqued Mercury Glass

Love these antiqued zinc/mercury medicine bottles with the wire mesh wrapped around them...I have three on top of my antique piano and they look so old and wonderful! Even though mercury glass is so beautiful during Christmas it's just as stunning mixed with green ferns and white tulips for Spring...We have recently gotten in some mercury that has a tint of aqua blue in it-so it's different and fresh for this year.
Mercury glass was made in Bohemia, England and the United States from around the mid 19th century through the first few decades of the 20th century.Blown double-walled, then silvered between the layers with a solution containing silver nitrate and other materials, the glass was made in many forms, including vases, goblets, tableware, figures, lamp reflectors, and curtain pins.
Mercury glass, invented in 1849 and first produced in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), was once thought of as a sterling silver copy, but now it is revered for its unique beauty even with its imperfections.