Vasa Murrhina is the name of a glassware made by the Vasa Murrhina Art Glass Company of Sandwich, Massachusetts, around the mid-1880's. The glassware was transparent and was embedded with small pieces of colored glass and metallic flakes. The mica flakes were coated with silver, gold, copper, or nickel. Some of the pieces were cased. The same type of glass was made in England. Collectors often confuse Vasa Murrhina glass with aventurine, spatter, or spangle glass. There is uncertainty about what actually was made by the Vasa Murrhina factory. Vasa Murrhina means "vessel of gems."
This beautiful ruffled art glass basket, circa 1900, is hand-blown, cased glass of white, blue and mica chips interior with a clear glass edge and twisted arched handle. The ends of the basket fold downward to show the wonderful ruffled edge, dimpled interior design and gorgeous blue embedded with mica chips. The sides fold in and upward to make room for the clear twisted handle that ends in almost a point at the top. The clear glass edge on the ruffles enhances the entire basket. Standing 8 3/4" tall, 7" long and 6" across is has a nice blown pontil and is unmarked as to maker. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs on this item; two tiny factory flaws in the white portion of the basket. Great shape and color.