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Posted 4 years ago


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While decorated Burmese fairy lamps are the most sought after and highly prized, the undecorated Burmese fairy lamps are a little easier to find and a little more affordable for the advanced collector.

These four examples are all documented Samuel Clarke designs produced by Thomas Webb, c. 1887-90. There are several Clarke models produced in Burmese but these are some of the least common. The one of the left is known as a "pendant fairy lamp" and is designed to be hung by braided cords.

When many folks think of Burmese glass they immediately think of Mount Washington, the original patent holder. While Mount Washington produced large quantities of Burmese ware, there is no positive evidence that they produced any fairy lamps. (I would dearly love to find some evidence that they did.)



  1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 days ago
    Hi IMASapp, this is beautiful, and what a great post! I've tried a few times to get a piece of Burmese glass but it's always so day I hope. May I ask, is Burmese glass always matt like this?
  2. IMASapp IMASapp, 5 days ago
    No, it starts out shiny. An acid treatment causes the matte finish. Shines Burmese is more difficult to find.
  3. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 days ago
    Thank you IMASapp (I'm sure you're Not:). I did wonder about that. How do you tell the shiny Burmese? Is it always like this yellow and orange colour?
  4. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 days ago
    Actually it looks more of a pink/peach colour than orange.
    Here's an example of a shiny one...
    I ask about different colours because I've recently bought a similar vase to the one above but not in a peach & cream colour but blue and green & wondered if it could be Burmese. I'll post it when it arrives.
  5. IMASapp IMASapp, 4 days ago
    Actually I am a Sapp, but that's a bit off topic.

    The example you showed is n0t Burmese. Burmese is a homogeneous glass, that is a single mix of glass, not cased like your example. The color of the first firing is a creamy yellow. The pink is produced by a second heating. if left untreated, the glass is shiny. The matte finish is an acid treatment.

  6. IMASapp IMASapp, 4 days ago
    Here is a good example of shiny Burmese:

  7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 days ago
    Ahh, I see. Thank you Jim :) fascinating stuff. It's really beautiful glass. I'd love to own a bit of matte Burmese, if I can find any at a price I can afford! Lol. I've never seen any in real life. I've bid on pieces a few times but always lost out:(
  8. IMASapp IMASapp, 4 days ago
    Although it has been some time ago, I remember my first Burmese fairy lamp quite well. I thought I had won the lottery. If you are ever uncertain about a Burmese investment, I would be happy to help you. Jim
  9. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 3 days ago
    Thank you Jim.
    You've already helped me no end :)
    I'd love a piece of uranium day.
    So that listing on eBay I link to is described wrongly..never trust eBay! Lol

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