Mercury Glass Tableware actually never contained Mercury, it was a term applied to a specific glass making technique. When making mirrors, Mercury may have been used, but in tableware the silvering solution often was a combination of silver nitrate and a grape sugar solution. The technique used to make Mercury Glass encompassed making a double wall with the solution poured in between and then sealed at the bottom. Mercury Glass production was concentrated in Bohemia (currently the Czech Republic), Germany, England and New England.
Antique Mercury Glass is very collectible and can be found in near pristine condition even though the prime production period ranged from the 1840's through the 1930's. Most Mercury Glass tableware, vases and ornaments were part of aristocrat households which is a reason that so many pieces have survived and made their way into the museums and antique shops around the world.
In America Most of the Mercury Glass was produced in the Boston Area by manufactures such as Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., New England Glass Co. and the Boston Silver Glass Company, with many of these pieces now being exhibited in American Museums such as The American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Mercury Glass Replicas have gained in popularity since the introduction of the Silver Replica Mercury Glass Bowl by Teleflora, which supplies the independently owned and operated florists in neighborhoods throughout the USA and Canada. The first Replica Mercury Glass Bowl introduced by Teleflora was influenced by the American Folk Art Museum of Mercury Glass, and has since become a favorite as a Wedding Centerpiece Container because of its classic look and its adaptability to compliment any wedding color scheme.
The Silver Replica Mercury Glass Bowl has been expanded with the introduction of the Large Silver Replica Mercury Glass Julep Vase, the Large Gold Replica Mercury Glass Julep Vase, the Small Silver Replica Mercury Glass Julep Vase, the Silver Replica Mercury Glass Hurricane Vase, the Silver Replica Mercury Glass Royal Vase and the Gold Replica Mercury Glass Royal Vase. Soon to join this Replica Mercury Glass Collection will be Gold Replica Mercury Glass Square Tapered Bowl. Look for further additions to the Replica Mercury Glass Collection throughout the year.