If you are a collector of antique pieces, you must be familiar with mercury glass lamps. Well, there are probably nothing special with the bulbs. Usually people are more interested with the mercury glass. Aside from being used as lamp base, mercury is often used for vases and goblets. The mercury glass is able to produce beautiful light effect on the surface that looks like silver.
That is why mercury glass is often called as silvered glass. Actually there is no silver or mercury in the glass. It is a mold-blown translucent glass that has two-sided walls with a tiny opening the size of a pinhole. From this hole, a silver-colored liquid nitrate is inserted into the glass. The nitrate is kept inside by sealing up the small hole. Combined with the light from the bulbs, the lamps are very wonderful.
Mercury glass lamp belong to antique pieces because the mercury glass itself is originated in the late of 18th century in Germany. At that time, only rich people who could afford the lamps so they were seen to determine economic and social status. Time goes by and now the lamps are popular around the universe. Unlike in the 18th century, mercury glass is now much more affordable since the value has been decreased.
People from any economic class can easily afford it now. They buy the lamps to get the silvery effect. These lamps are use as a part of decoration. They are usually placed in dining room, on side tables, coffee tables, or hung in a living room. People like to place them on a dining table to replace candles. It gives a romantic feel to the situation. Mercury glass lamps are perfect pieces for those who are fond of shiny things but feel that silver pieces are too expensive.
You can buy mercury glass table lamps in any furniture stores, especially antique shops. The lamps come in numerous designs reflecting the style and age. Those who were originally made from the 18th century might be decorated in an ornate design. There are also mercury glass lamps from modern era with clean line design. Which one do you prefer? They are all equally beautiful. Although they are as beautiful as silver lamps, still, mercury glass is less durable than silver. It is a soft material so that it is easy to break or at least scratch. So be careful with the position of the lamps.