A mirror is an object that reflects an image. Light that bounces off a mirror will show an image of whatever is in front of it, when focused through the lens of the eye or a camera. Mirrors reverse the direction of the image in an equal yet opposite angle from which the light shines upon it. This allows the viewer to see themselves or objects behind them, or even objects that are at an angle from them but out of their field of view, such as around a corner. Natural mirrors have existed since prehistoric times, such as the surface of water, but people have been manufacturing mirrors out of a variety of materials for thousands of years, like stone, metals, and glass. In modern mirrors, metals like silver or aluminum are often used due to their high reflectivity, applied as a thin coating on glass because of its naturally smooth and very hard surface.
ebury trading, london, united kingdom
A French provincial mirror in carved gilt wood, depicting foliage, with its original mercury plate. There is distressing around the edges but not in the middle of the mirror plate. c.1800 Measures: 126cm high x...
icollectuk, london, united kingdom
Antique Looking Glass large Hand Mirror with bevelled glass - pretty mirror Circa 19th century Good Antique Condition - looking glass with wear please view images 12.5 inches (32cm) X 8 inches (20cm) width approx...
private seller, oxford, united kingdom
A pair of rare, stunning French 19th Century solid gilt brass girandole (Circa 1880), both with very nicely foxed 5mm mercury plate glass. Measuring 110cm high x 40 cm wide each with four-branch candlesticks, these...