Dating antique mirrors

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(2.) HISTORY OF MIRRORS The first mirrors used by people were mostly reflections in pools of water.

In China, people began making mirrors with the use of silver-mercury amalgams as early as 500 AD.[16] Some time during the early Renaissance, European manufacturers perfected a superior method of coating glass with a tin-mercury amalgam.Metal-coated glass mirrors are said to have been invented in Sidon (modern-day Lebanon) in the first century AD, and glass mirrors backed with gold leaf are mentioned by the Roman author Pliny in his Natural History, written in about 77 AD.The Romans also developed a technique for creating crude mirrors by coating blown glass with molten lead.Paired with other reflective surfaces, the artistic mirror makes a beautiful impact on the entire space!Nothing like a classic sunburst motif to give that sun kissed charm to your spaces.

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