This listing is for a lovely Burmese Art Glass lemonade tumbler made by the Mt. Washington Glass Company in the 1880's. The tumbler is decorated with an internal diamond-quilted pattern and has a glossy finish. Designed by Frederick Shirley in 1885, this single layer glass achieved a delicate coloration of pink or salmon shading to yellow by the addition of uranium oxide and gold to the original glass batch. This created a yellow opaque glass which upon reheating caused the color to change into a soft pink. The uranium in the glass also causes the vase to fluoresce brightly when exposed to black light. This type internal design is pictured on page 35 of the book "Mt. Washington Art Glass" by Betty B. Sisk. Burmese glass is highly collected and is also included in all major American Art Glass collections. This glass is rare today as it was very expensive to manufacture and was only made for a short period of time.
Dimensions: 2 3/4" high with a 2 1/4" diameter top. Weighs 2.8 ounces.
Condition: This nice tumbler is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
History: The Mount Washington Glass Company originally produced Burmese glass as the creation of Frederick Shirley in the early 1880's. The color was achieved by adding uranium oxide and gold to a batch of opal glass which created a yellow opaque glass that became salmon colored when reheated. Further reheating would turn the salmon back to yellow. This glass has a brilliant glow similar to Vaseline glass when exposed to a black light.
In 1886, Mount Washington gave permission to Thomas Webb to produce Burmese glass in England and slightly later other major glass companies created their version of this popular and costly art glass. Expensive to produce, none of the companies produced Burmese glass in a large quantity. The glass is thin and fragile and has always been a desired addition to any Art Glass collection.
Fenton also produced a line of Burmese glass, however, their product is much heavier, always signed and is never confused with the earlier glass.