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"Tiffin" Line Sweet Pea Vase in "Twilight" (Neodymium)/ Swedish or Tiffin Optic Pattern #17430/Circa 1950's

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Picked up this beautiful Tiffin glass vase from Salvation this morning along with some jewelry. It's 5.75 " tall and has a very subtle blue-violet color called "Twilight"(Neodymium glass). Done in their Swedish or Tiffin Optic which show as very faint bands in the body of the glass. There are four applied feet to the bottom. Each one is polished flat on the bottom so the vase sits level. It's called a "Line Sweet Pea Vase" and is listed as #17430 in their catalog circa 1950's. -Mike-

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Is this neodymium Mike? It's got the right tone in the photos. Very pretty shape.
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Ken :) know Karen you might be right. It isn't signed or labeled but there were enough examples online. It's has a beautiful ring to it too.

      So here we go..why yes it is ! They mention Tiffin's Twilight.
      This is from Wikipedia

      The first commercial use of purified neodymium was in glass coloration, starting with experiments by Leo Moser in November 1927. The resulting "Alexandrite" glass remains a signature color of the Moser glassworks to this day. Neodymium glass was widely emulated in the early 1930s by American glasshouses, most notably Heisey, Fostoria ("wisteria"), Cambridge ("heatherbloom"), and Steuben ("wisteria"), and elsewhere (e.g. Lalique, in France, or Murano). Tiffin's "twilight" remained in production from about 1950 to 1980.[18] Current sources include glassmakers in the Czech Republic, the United States, and China.
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      A bit more about the process....

      Neodymium glass (Nd:glass) is produced by the inclusion of neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) in the glass melt. Usually in daylight or incandescent light neodymium glass appears lavender, but it appears pale blue under fluorescent lighting. Neodymium may be used to color glass in delicate shades ranging from pure violet through wine-red and warm gray.
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      So that's why it looked blue in the store and more violet when I got it home !
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Cool. It's a neat process isn't it!
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Sure is Karen...some real master minds at work here !
    7. Emme Emme, 5 years ago
      Very cool. Alexandrite is now on my list to look for.
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      I love Moser glass. I think I have a pair of vases but they're not marked. I posted them ages ago. Not sure they'd be considered Alexandrite. They're packed away for now. :)
    9. Aimathena Aimathena, 5 years ago
      Gorgeous. Love the color.
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Aim... the color shifting from florescent (pale blue) to incandescent (violet) is pretty cool with this type of glass. :)
    11. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Sweet -- I love this !!!!!
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Rose:)

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