Of the many typical mercury-glass forms, the vase is the most common. The unusual flask-shaped vase lacks the traditional pedestal foot. Vases can be anywhere from 2 inches to 2 feet tall; larger examples were often used as mantel ornaments.
Colored mercury glass, like this golden group, is made by applying the silvering technique to colored -- rather than clear -- glass forms.
Curtain Pins and Doorknobs
Curtain pins are often decorated; like doorknobs, they are sealed solely by their metal shafts, rather than by the cork or lead plugs that seal most mercury glass.
This large, shapely Christmas ornament comes from Martha's collection.
These highly collectible Christmas balls and fruits, called kugels, are identifiable by their pressed-brass ferrules.
Romantic and almost more beautiful in decay, this antique salt cellar reveals its double-walled structure, initially hidden beneath a coat of silvery liquid that has oxidized and is crumbling away.
This fine English amethyst vase and pink rose bowl on a pedestal are good examples of the rarer colored wares.
A small labeled English vase and a tall Czechoslovakian one flank a vase with an unusual quilted pattern.