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    Posted 5 years ago

    Vintagefran
    (109 items)

    Hi Everyone,
    Not only my first example of Burmese glass but the first time I've seen it in reality.
    I don't know a lot about Burmese Glass other than Wikipedia and seeing the fabulous collections posted here, which is where I first came across it, it's unique look and Uranium content immediately interested me.
    I'm guessing, being in the UK, that these are most likely Victorian by Thomas Webb & Sons.
    If anyone can tell anymore about them I'd love to know.
    Comments are always welcome.

    Thank you.
    Special thank you to IronLace for providing the information below.

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    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      love the texture the colouring there so cute well done fran !!!!!!!!
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      I saw these, Fran, and really liked them......very pleased to see them again in your hands :) They are beauties!!
    3. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      Thank you MALKEY & Peggy, I'm over the moon with them. Now I finally have some Burmese glass I'll probably come across it at charity shops or carboots, lol.
    4. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      These are absolutely gorgeous! I have a pair with the same swirl pattern - with a cupped top, like they were intended for growing bulbs in...I am pretty certain they are by Webb, as no other firms made Burmese, except for US makers Mt. Washington (19th century) & Fenton (from the 1970s onwards as reproduction). There was also some repro Burmese made in Murano during the 1960s - 1970s era, but it is usually found in rather outlandish shapes (sometimes with applied flowers, etc.) As far as I know, the Murano version does not glow under UV light, so it's not true Burmese glass. The original Webb pieces tended to be small items, & with rather simple, delicate forms. As these were found in the UK, & most of my pieces, found within Australia, it makes sense that they are of British origin...we did not get any Mt. Washington glass imported here at all, & I doubt if any of it went to England back in the day, either. American Burmese is very different in form from the English type.
      I hope that you can find more examples of Burmese - it is highly addictive! I have had a lot of luck with most of my pieces. I also have 2 examples of Fenton Burmese from the 70s (had more but I sold them as I was trying to cull out most of the non - Victorian glass from my collection) & one other mystery piece (will have to get around to posting it someday) which I assume is American, but not by Fenton. It is a short jack - in - the - pulpit vase with a spiral trail & an iridscent finish - quite unusual.
    5. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      Hi IronLace, I'm so pleased you saw and commented on these, I was hoping you would :) thank you! Your collection of Burmese is amazing. I think I've seen your swirl ones, they are very similar except for the top. Thanks for the great info! You confirmed my suspicion that they're Thomas Webb's. All I really knew was what I'd read on Wikipedia. I thought it was interesting that Mt. Washington were the first to produce this glass, presented to Queen Victoria, as a cup and saucer I believe (how nice it would be to find one of those in Burmese!) I'd love to see your JIP vase. To see the differences between American and English would be great but i hardly ever see either.. still, am always on the look out. Next on my shopping list is the equally elusive Peloton....one day, lol.
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Beautiful Fran! I too have never seen one in person, but I've always appreciated the technique and the final result.
      : )
    7. IronLace IronLace, 5 years ago
      I'm happy to be of help! There is a reference book on Mt Washington glass - & it includes a section on Webb Burmese, which shows the difference between the two types. And I will get a photo of the mystery j.i.p vase posted later this week. It is quite unusual, but I'm uncertain of the age. It could be relatively recent...there has been a few small scale makers of Burmese type glass in the USA using Fenton cullet. So it may be by one of them. The iridescence gives it an extra level of "fancy", so it was a must - buy for me. :-)
      I wish you all the best in your quest for Peloton! It is hard to find, but it does turn up if you keep searching. I have found it through searches for "pink glass vase", so it's not always listed as Peloton. Not all sellers will know what it is, & you might get lucky!

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