This listing is for a lovely antique Burmese Art Glass miniature vase was made by the Mt. Washington Glass Company in the 1880's. The vase has a satin finish and an unusual 5-point top. 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 design is pictured on page 66 of the book "Mt. Washington Art Glass" by Betty B. Sisk.
Dimensions: 3" high with a 2 3/8" wide top. Weighs 3.7 ounces.
Condition: This nice vase 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 produced a line of Burmese glass, however, their product is much heavier, always signed and is never confused with the earlier glass.
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