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Vintage Mercury Shade, R2126
Vintage Mercury Shade, R2126

One-of-a-Kind

$475.00

The term "mercury glass" - like so many terms in the world of antiques - is a bit of a misnomer, as these shades are not made using mercury. Rather, they are silvered in the same way that mirrors are, using silver nitrate (although mirrors before about 1835 did utilize mercury). The challenge fo...

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Vintage Mercury Shade, R2125
Vintage Mercury Shade, R2125

One-of-a-Kind

$475.00

The term "mercury glass" - like so many terms in the world of antiques - is a bit of a misnomer, as these shades are not made using mercury. Rather, they are silvered in the same way that mirrors are, using silver nitrate (although mirrors before about 1835 did utilize mercury). The challenge for...

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Crosshatch Chevron Prism Hood Shade R2278, c1900
Crosshatch Chevron Prism Hood Shade R2278, c1900

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$55.00

Wow. That's what we said when we first saw this beauty. It sparkles and gleams even when unlit. And when lit...well, stand back and admire. No wonder it's so mesmerizing: the angles of the prisms were scientifically designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs....

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Chiffon Prism Hood Shade R2280, c1900
Chiffon Prism Hood Shade R2280, c1900

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$45.00

Like the chiffon evening gown worn by a silver-screen siren, this one-of-a-kind shade is all elegance and allure. As captivating as her beauty is, allow yourself to be blinded by her science: the prismatic angles were scientifically designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow...

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Bell Prism Hood Shade R2277, c1900
Bell Prism Hood Shade R2277, c1900

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$55.00

We could have just as easily called this one-of-a-kind wonder the "belle" shade, in honor of its enchanting sparkle. But behind the glimmer is a scientific wonder. Its prismatic angles were designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some early manufac...

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Wide Cone Prism Hood Shade R2282, c1900
Wide Cone Prism Hood Shade R2282, c1900

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$45.00

Don't let the charm of this little glass shade fool you; it's all business. In fact, its prismatic angles were scientifically designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some early manufacturers claimed that shades like this could actually double the c...

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Breezy Prism Hood Shade R2286, c1900
Breezy Prism Hood Shade R2286, c1900

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$50.00

Although it's perfectly rigid, this glass shade perfectly captures the look of fabric rippling in a breeze. Remarkable, given that its the result of rigorously scientific design process. Every facet is precisely angled to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed...

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Crinoline Prism Hood Shade R2287, c1900
Crinoline Prism Hood Shade R2287, c1900

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$45.00

Like a hoop skirt worn by a bygone southern lady, this glass shade has a carefully engineered underlying structure belied by its feminine wiles. In fact, its prismatic angles were scientifically designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some early ma...

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Watery Prism Hood Shade R2292, c. 1900
Watery Prism Hood Shade R2292, c. 1900

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$50.00

This one-of-a-kind antique seems to twirl and swirl like water, but it's actually made of sand – and science. Made of prismatic glass, each angle was scientifically designed to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some early manufacturers claimed that shade...

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Arty Prism Hood Shade R2293, c1900
Arty Prism Hood Shade R2293, c1900

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$60.00

This antique shade is a true testament to the glassmaker's art – and science. Each angle of the glass is precisely calculated to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some early manufacturers claimed that shades like this could actually double the candlepowe...

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Alchemy Prism Hood Shade R2291, c1900
Alchemy Prism Hood Shade R2291, c1900

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$45.00

You can almost hear it swishing back and forth, can't you? While its sense of movement seems magical, this glass shade owes its shape-shifting quality to science. The angle of each prism precisely calculated to reflect the most light, thus amplifying the dim glow of early bulbs. Indeed, some ear...

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