Teresa- I used to do fine antique silver repair when I was a
I would turn that job down. Trust me on this.
The base metal is probably what we used to call "white metal".
It's melting temp is so low you can almost melt the stuff with a Bic
lighter. Tin or Tix solder would be my choice if I were of a mind to
try this. If you were able to get it all in one piece you'd have to
copper plate before you silver plate. Old white metal is notoriously
hard to plate. Also any heat would destroy the silvering on the glass
part of the mirror.
If the mirror handle is filled with a some kind of shellac or heat
sensitive filler you may be able to do a fix. Your best bet if it's
filled, is to get a piece of metal rod that you can heat and plunge
into the two ends and have that reinforcing rod hold the two
together. Any excess filler can be removed from the out side with
acetone. That way you don't have to risk soldering and the need to
Knowing when to say "No" can be a very important lesson to learn in
this trade. Especially when it comes to repairs.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.