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Since I'm no fashionista, I turned to websites such as Family Chronicle, which also has published two books on dating photos, for help in matching styles with a particular era.Consulting experts such as Maureen Taylor, whose website includes a blog and provides teleseminars, are also a good resource.The mirror-like coating on the back of an antique mirror, whether made with tin and mercury or a thin sheet of silver, tarnishes or oxidizes over time.This results in dark or blotchy spots visible through the glass when looking at the front of the mirror.Although not entirely common, seek a maker's tag or mark on the back of the mirror or frame, as this helps pinpoint the mirror's age.If the frame itself looks brand new, as if it has no dust or discoloration in any of the details, there's a chance it is not an antique.Other things to look for on women are the presence and size of a bustle and the fullness of the skirt.For men, look at vests, neckties, the fit of a jacket (loose or fitted) and how it is buttoned.
She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and For Rent, among others.Knowing the type of photo can still leave a large time period, but if you know the subject of the photo, your genealogical research should be able to help you narrow that. I now turn to fashion to see if what these men are wearing can help me narrow the date range of the photo.Close examination of sleeves and collars can provide valuable information.Old mercury mirrors age to create a somewhat sparkly effect.If the mirror has a sparkly, crystalline appearance behind the glass, it likely is an antique.
Beginning in the 16th century, mercury was spread over a thin layer of tin.