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Posted 7 years ago


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Can anyone tell me where I might find info on who made this item. I have been told that it is vaseline glass with a platinum frame.

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  1. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 7 years ago
    I am not a glass expert, but I do think this is a pretty piece. It's hard to tell from the pix -- are the outside pieces candle holders or vases? I know that trumpet/horn pieces like this are called EPERGNES.

    It looks like opalescent glass - have you used a black light to see if it glows?

    This site says: There are two definitions of Vaseline glass. The European definition describes vaseline glass as any kind of creamy yellow glass shading to white, a colouring which resembles vaseline ointment as it used to be. The US definition is any kind of glass which glows under blacklight because it contains uranium or dioxide. This glass can be green or yellow.

    During the latter part of the 19th century, glass containing uranium was made with heat sensitive chemicals which turned milky white when reheated, producing a shading effect from yellow to milky white at the edges.

    During the early 19th century glass makers in Central Europe started to use uranium as a good way to make yellow and green glass. If you shine a blacklight onto it, you will get a fluorescent green glow.

    Hope someone comes along with more info.

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