Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas and Mercury Glass

I love vintage mercury glass. One might even call it a bit obsessive. But when it is put all together with candlelight and a miniature Rosemary Christmas tree, one might just consider it a little bit of Christmas magic.

Mercury glass, or silvered glass was first produced in the mid-1800's as an alternative to silver, and was affordable for the middle classes of the time. It is a double walled piece of blown glass with a hole, usually at the bottom where the silver liquid was poured. If the hole was not well sealed, the silver would eventually wear away. The value of a clouded or faded piece is quite diminished. (I, however, love the clouded pieces. They seem so much more romantic to me somehow.) Mercury glass became mass produced a bit later as it gained in popularity, but production fell off around the turn of the century as it became synonymous with common or bad taste. Because it was not considered valuable, it was discarded and as a result has become more rare. And, as with anything "rare" has become collectible today.

I gathered my Mercury Glass and put them with a little Rosemary tree trimmed with blown glass candle ornaments that clip to the branches. The tree is in my silver punch bowl. ( I have yet to add the Spanish moss to the punchbowl and the Wisteria mercury glass votive candle holders (here), but I will update you with a new photo when I do!

Just a bit of Holiday Cheer for the day!

32 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

just beautiful !!!!! I love that console with the changing decor.

vicki archer said...

The mercury glass looks wonderful and I love the rosemary tree - all very festive and romantic, xv.

goooooood girl said...

your blog is very good......

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh my...I am LOVING your mercury glass! I have a few pieces which I pull together for Christmas also...but your display is sensational!!

torres said...

I absolutely love how you put it all together. I, too, have a thing for mercury glass, but you take the cake with your whole setup!

Anonymous said...

Lovely and just the perfect amount.

Paloma said...

It looks gorgeous, Katie! Your collection is so lovely.

Thank you for your sweet comment. XOXO

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Send this to House Beautiful for next year's Christmas issue. Absolutely striking!

(And your invitations were fantastic, too!)

annechovie said...

Your arrangement is beyond beautiful, Katie, but I would expect nothing less, coming from you! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Old mercury glass is just sublime. And your collection here makes the loveliest display for the season!!

LindsB said...

This is so beautiful, love your collection!! I need to start collecting more to get up to this much!

Debby said...

Hello Katie!
I love all of your Mercury Glass and how you have it displayed! I'm in the process of decorating my dining room for the holiday and my plan is to decorate it in Mercury Glass. I don't think my collection is as extensive as yours, but it will be fun to add more peices for the coming years. I will post pics this weekend and I invite you to come by and visit my blog.
Happy Holidays!
Debby
P.S. I just acquired two tall vintage mercury glass christmas trees from EBAY...definitely my week spot! lol

Renae said...

Hello Kaite...I love your blog and check in regularly! I am a designer in Georgia from California! Your collection is fabulous and your display is delightful. Merry Christmas!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Wow - simply beautiful. Happy holidays to you and your family Katie! xoxo

AT THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

I think mercury glass is magical. Your collection is quite lovely, (any pieces from your mom's collection) and as a grouping exquisite. Definitely pieces that can be used all year round. Happy holidays!
Lisa & Alfie

Velvet and Linen said...

Your mercury glass looks just gorgeous.
I love the way it looks as it gets older with more patina.
Happy Holidays!

xo
Brooke

Ivy Lane said...

Beautiful!

alice said...

Mercury Glass is gorgeous and i love that it can be year round but look so perfect at Christmas time, as your beautiful vignette does. Your wreath has caught my eye as well... Redecorating now might be a little too obsessive even for a decor-fanatic like myself so I have much inspiration for next year! Thanks for the glimpse!

karlene said...

That is a lovely collection! Very elegant. Merry Christmas!

sandra/tx said...

Beautiful. I love all those pieces and can't wait to get started on my own collection.

Visual Vamp said...

Perfection!
Have a Merry Christmas!
xo xo

Ivy Lane said...

Thanks for this beautiful bit of Christmas magic! It is lovely!

Laura said...

I love it! What a great way to feature your collection...

Lovebird said...

elegant, soft and oh so pretty.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Katie - this is just wonderful! Perfect.

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

This is beautiful Katie! Mercury glass is beautiful! I saw some beautiful pieces at a nice boutique in Roseville at the Fountains. I hinted how much I liked it. Hopefully, my other half who was with me that day got the hint and will surprise me Christmas morning. Keep your fingers crossed. I hope you're enjoying the holidays.

beachbungalow8 said...

this is so pretty. I love vintage mercury glass too, but I came across some pieces at Target that were not bad at all. In fact, I think mixed in with old and new, they work.

Happy Holidays!

Pigtown-Design said...

Mercury glass just has a look that's hard to duplicate. Your arrangement is perfection.

3 Peanuts said...

I love mercury glass too and have been collecting it for as long as I have been married (13 years). it is so beautiful and has really come back into vogue. I see copies of it everywhere now. This is beautiful.

Kim

Things That Inspire said...

I too love the console with the seasonal decor. What a great way to get a new perspective!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oooo...I love me some mercury glass! I had a "mini display" this year for my first Christmas in my new (old) home, and I aspire to grow a collection as lovely as yours.

Anonymous said...

Love it all, especially the sconces!
CZ