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Old 01-16-2014, 08:31 PM   #11
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I recently got a bargain on a piece of art glass made by the Lundberg Studios in Davenport, California, which I purchased from a new seller on ebay for about $300 less than it retails for on the maker's website. It is one of their "worldsphere" pieces in the 4.25" size that I purchased to replace the clear crystal sphere that originally came with a small bronze statue of Atlas that I keep on my desk.

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And the Atlas sculpture that it now rests on:

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Old 01-17-2014, 12:27 AM   #12
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Someone on LinkedIn has a collection of Vaseline glass they're looking for a home for....if you know of anyone, I'll see if I can find their post again.
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I am unfamiliar with the manufacturer, I can google it but had rather read history/details from you.

Or Firedog, who knows his glass too.
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Outside of it being made with Uranium, I don't know much about who was making Vaseline glass it at the time. I'd like to hear it from anyone who knows. The basic color can be made using Potassium bi Chromate and other green making elements and chemicals. Vaseline glass fluoresces under black light, other ways of making it don't fluoresce.

There's a lot of contemporary glassmakers who's work I love and admire...yes, I said love, what other words describes the feeling of rapture from this world as seeing art that take our minds away. What some people come up with is absolutely amazing...

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Old 01-17-2014, 02:05 AM   #16
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I am unfamiliar with the manufacturer, I can google it but had rather read history/details from you.

This is a good article about the kind of glass it is and what to look for...

http://www.ebay.com/gds/VASELINE-GLA...1202961/g.html

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HERE IS N O S U C H T H I N G AS THE 'FEEL' OF VASELINE GLASS BEING ANY KIND OF 'GREASY' OR 'SILKY' THEREBY FAKE OR GENUINE !!!!!!!

THIS ALONE SHOULD MAKE ANY NEW COLLECTOR TURN AWAY AND FIND A MORE SAY, INFORMED COLLECTOR/SELLER TO BUY FROM.

THE ANY NOTION ANYONE CAN TELL 'REAL' VASELINE / DEPRESSION GREEN URANIUM GLASS FROM THE 'FAKES' BY FEELING THE GLASS, TO FEEL IF IT TO BE 'GREASY' OR 'SILKY' IS AT THE VERY LEAST MIS-INFORMED AND AN INTENDED FALSEHOOD AT BEST TO MISLEAD. THE WORD VASELINE IN NO WAY DESCRIBES THE FEEL OF THE GLASS BY COMPARISON OF THE OINTMENT.....ONLY THE COLOUR!


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THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW ANY GLASS IS TRUE VASELINE GLASS (URANIUM GLASS) IS BY SEEING IT GLOW A NEON G R E E N WHEN UNDER A UVB / BLACKLIGHT. EVEN SEASONED AND LEARNED COLLECTORs CAN BE FOOLED WITHOUT THE USE OF A BLACKLIGHT. YES, WE LONG TIME COLLECTORS CAN SEE A PIECE ON THIS SITE, OTHER INTERNET SITES AS WELL AS IN PERSON IN AN ANTIQUE STORE...YARD SALE EVEN AND KNOW IT IS REAL VASELINE GLASS. HOWEVER THIS TAKES A WELL TRAINED EYE WITH EXPERIENCE AND EVEN THEN WE MAKE MISTAKES AND PAY. MANY COLLECTOR GROUPS CALLS THIS 'PAYING FOR YOUR EDUCATION' AND WE ALL PAY AT TIMES AS WE LEARN AND COLLECT WHAT WE DO.

One thing about vaseline glass is that if you have a black light you'll never be scamed due to counterfeit sellers. Any other glass out there can be reproduced to make you think it's from that time period but may actually be from decades after. Some counterfeits can be valuable but you have to be a glass genius to discern and I'm not. I got a bunch of books once during '04 and tried to learn the antique glassware market a little better... it'll make your head spin even more than trying to learn about emeralds.

Best to just keep it a hobby while you're preparing for the apocalypse.

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Waiting for the apocalypse we still keep doing everything as before too, even if we are stocking up or making other preparations....as on the Titanic sinking, we'll keep right on dancing....

I did go back to find about the collection of Vaseline Glass available....if you're on LinkedIn, a really amazing site where one can be in contact with the movers and shakers in many fields. The person who posted it is Stacey Schlosser. She posted it in the group 'Glass Artists and Enthusiasts'.

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My in laws have a 250 piece collection of vaseline glass. Do you have any interest in purchasing pieces?
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Some of you may already know the basics of Vaseline/ Uranium glass, but I found this article interesting.

VASELINE GLASS / URANIUM GLASS - WHAT IS IT ?

AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT VASELINE GLASS / URANIUM GLASS IS AND WHY IT GLOWS UNDER UV LIGHT


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Uranium salts (Uranium Dioxide), as found in their natural state, are a vivid yellow. So it's easy to understand why it has been added to glass as a yellow colourant since the early 19th century. There have been claims that its first use was as early as 79 AD following the discovery in 1912 of a glass mosaic in an excavation on a Roman Villa near Naples in Italy but this has never been proven. Some others consider that its first use was by Josef Riedel at his Bohemian glassworks in the 1830's. There is no doubt though, that in 1835 experiments with uranium as a glass colorant were being carried out by Whitefriars Glass Works in London and that in 1836, a pair of uranium glass candlesticks were presented to the Queen. Production of uranium glass in Britain ceased by the end of the second world war but a small amount is still being manufactured in the USA and Czechoslovakia.

HEALTH AND SAFETY ASPECTS OF VASELINE GLASS / URANIUM GLASS HEALTH AND SAFETY ASPECTS OF VASELINE GLASS / URANIUM GLASS HEALTH AND SAFETY ASPECTS OF VASELINE GLASS / URANIUM GLASS
One of the most significant aspects of uranium glass is that it is radioactive and does give a positive reading on a geiger counter. This may cause some concern as to its safety with regard to health but I am now able to report that in June 2003 I assisted the UK's National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) in a study of uranium bearing glass. During this study, technical representatives of the NRPB visited my home and conducted extensive tests on a very wide variety of uranium bearing glass from many manufacturers and time periods. They confirmed that the radiation levels detected were low and quite safe with normal use. The full results of the NRPB study will be published in the near future and at that time I will be providing a link to the publication.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY NOTE: The grinding or abrasive polishing of vaseline glass cannot be classed as 'Normal Use' as the dust and residue produced by these actions can be toxic if inhaled or ingested and therefore should be avoided.

The other significant aspect of uranium bearing glass and that which is of major interest to collectors, is that it glows a vivid bright green under Ultra Violet light (blacklight). This is due to the Ultra Violet radiation exciting the outer electrons of the uranium atoms which as a result give off energy and which is seen by our eyes as a bright green glow. This is called fluorescence. The more intense the UV the brighter the green glow and the less that the original yellow colouring can be seen. Uranium glass also has a slight green glow in daylight due to the Ultra Violet component of daylight acting on it. This glow is paler due to the effect of the other components of white light also striking our eyes. 1930's English Art Deco Vaseline Crackle Glass Cocktail Shaker
1930's Czech Art Deco Vaseline Glass Candlestick 'Vaseline Glass' is a term that has been adopted for a type of uranium glass which is transparent, has a yellow-green hue in daylight and fluoresces bright green under Ultra-Violet light (black light). So, strictly speaking, anything outside these parameters should just be called 'Uranium Glass'. To further confuse the issue, glass collectors in the UK have adopted the term 'Vaseline Glass' to describe opalescent glass. To avoid confusion I always refer to any glass with opalescence as 'opalescent glass'.

Apart from vaseline glass there are many other types of uranium bearing glass, some of which have also been given names. For example some opaque uranium glass tends to be called 'Custard Glass' and if it also has a pink tinged satin area to part of it (caused by gold in the mix being reheated), then it may well be termed 'Burmese Glass'. c.1938 Jobling Art Deco Vaseline Glass Posy Bowl

Victorian Gilt Ormulu Mounted Vaseline Glass Pot The higher the uranium dioxide content in the glass then naturally the greater the coloring effect is, which can exclude some transparent glass from the vaseline glass definition because the yellow colour is so dominant. Other colourants were often added to glass in addition to the uranium dioxide. The colour yellow is formed by Red+Green, so when a green colourant is also added, green then becomes the dominant colour of the glass, yet it will still fluoresce bright green under Ultra Violet light (blacklight). Other combinations of colour are rarer but I have found shades of amber, blue, turquoise, pink, white and grey glass all with a positive uranium dioxide content (Confirmed by testing with a geiger counter)and all fluoresced a brilliant green under Ultra Violet light (blacklight) except for uranium glass with a high lead content which exhibits a reduction in green glow due to the damping effect of the lead.

I always tested all the period and antique vaseline glass or uranium glass I sold with a geiger counter and Longwave UV (blacklight), to confirm that the glow was caused by uranium dioxide and not Manganese or some other chemical, as could occur. As a result I have built up a sizeable database of test results. So as to show the large range of shapes, hues and uranium dioxide content of period and antique vaseline glass / uranium glass there is a table of geiger counter tested uranium glass pieces on this page below. There is also a Uranium / Vaseline Glass photo gallery in the Glass Photo Galleries Section.

http://1st-glass.1st-things.com/vaselineglass.html
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Lalique and Sabino, contemporaries at the time, oft looking over the should of one another, like Louis Tiffany and Fredrick Carder, with the law suits to prove it, make fine contributions to Vintage glass:

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Examples of the work of Louis Tiffany and Fredrick Carter, who later became Steuben glass:

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