A Collector’s Guide to Mirrors
Glass, the most obvious necessity for a mirror, has been around since about 4 bc. The Ancient Egyptians made multicolored beads and small vessels of it, and the Greeks and Romans after them produced glass objects, especially drinking glasses, of great sophistication. You can buy a two thousand year old Roman drinking glass at auction for a few hundred dollars, and often less. They have a beautifully iridescent surface from their years underground, and it is hard to believe they are not broken.
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