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Mirror Shop in Heathfield, East Sussex

We think mirrors are one of the most important additions to your homes interior that are often completely overlooked or not deemed important; mirrors are a decorators best friend and with good reason. That’s why in our lovely emporium in Heathfield we like to stock an eclectic mix to suit all tastes.

A well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhancing views, opening a small space and adding oomph to decor. The key lies in pairing the right mirror with the right location to maximise its decor-uplifting potential.

Our Shop in Heathfield

Mirrors are an important part of the stock we sell, so please come in, say hello and have a browse. As well as mirrors, we have a lot of wonderful furniture, from large antique pieces to modern furniture. There will always be something for everyone, so take the time to wander around, ask questions and enjoy the atmosphere and history of some of the amazing pieces we have been lucky enough to find.

We look forward to seeing you soon…

A brief history of the mirror (Honestly it’s brief!)

Going right back to the beginning of man the first mirrors used by people were most likely pools of dark, still water, or water collected in a primitive vessel of some sort.

The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished stone such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) have been dated to around 6000 BC. Ancient Egypt from around 3000 BC. Polished stone mirrors from Central and South America date from around 2000 BC onwards. In China, bronze mirrors were manufactured from around 2000 BC. Mirrors made of other metal mixtures such as copper and tin speculum metal may have also been produced in China and India.

The first glass mirrors were produced in 1st Century A.D by the Romans.

The method of making mirrors out of plate glass was invented by 16th-century Venetian glassmakers on the island of Murano, who covered the back of the glass with mercury, obtaining near-perfect and undistorted reflection. For over one hundred years, Venetian mirrors installed in richly decorated frames served as luxury decorations for palaces throughout Europe, but the secret of the mercury process eventually arrived in London and Paris during the 17th century, due to industrial espionage. French workshops succeeded in large-scale industrialization of the process, eventually making mirrors affordable to the masses, although mercury’s toxicity remained a problem.

The first modern sliver glass mirror, as we know them today, was created in 1835 by BC. Justus von Liebig, a famous German chemist.

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