Silvered glass

Silvered glass

A type of 19th-century glassware with an allover silver appearance, made by applying a solution of silver nitrate between the walls of a double-walled vessel. The solution was introduced through a hole in the base, which was then sealed to prevent the silver from oxidizing. Silvered glass is sometimes known, mistakenly, as “mercury glass.” The technique was patented in England by Edward Varnish and F. H. Thompson in 1849, and in America by William Leighton in 1855.

Alternate Spellings: 
silvered glasses
silvered-glass