I was just reading Emily Henderson's recent recap of episode 14 of Secrets From a Stylist, and she brought up the subject of purchasing real mercury glass vs. the faux stuff. She writes, "1/2 of the mercury glass was real, from antique malls, and 1/2 of it was from West Elm. You honestly can't tell the difference. I'm normally not pro buying things that are trying to look old, but a. they look the same, b. the old stuff is super expensive and very very breakable and, c. the new stuff can actually hold water without the painted inside flaking off."
She makes a few great points. The style of tableware is really trendy these days, but real "mercury" silvered glass hasn't been produced in the States since the late '70s, so it can be hard to track down, even if you do prefer antiques. Faux mercury glass is so ubiquitous, I don't really see the point in hunting for antiques, unless you're looking for something with a really unusual shape.
Do you own any real mercury glass?