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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This unusual vase turned up on eBay recently with a very high starting price, however, when it was relisted the price became far more reasonable.
    Listed as Webb or Mt Washington Burmese glass, but the three ball footed base is a clear indicator of Welz, which opens up an interesting "can of worms" regarding some other examples of Burmese glass I own, with similar moulded ribbing. Likewise for the fact that Welz made a Burmese type glass!
    This vase is made from opaque custard coloured glass shading to salmon pink, in the manner typical of Webb & Mt Washington Burmese glass. It contains uranium & glows brightly under UV light. The vase measures 20.6 cm tall, 15 cm across the fan shaped top rim, & 10 cm across the applied clear footed base. It has a satin finish.
    The base is also another Welz characteristic. How intriguing to think that Burmese type glass was made in Bohemia, likely at a similar time to the famous American & British versions.
    I have three other examples of Burmese in simpler shapes with the same ribbing, which I assumed to be Webb (all of those were found in Australia) but could never see any pieces like them documented in the references on Burmese glass. Could they be Welz too?

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Interesting indeed !!!
    2. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Many thanks vetraio50! It certainly is food for thought...I just love glass that's different & surprising...
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      Well this is certainly surprising, but foremost a gorgeous piece of glass!

    4. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much, sklo42!
    5. ozmarty ozmarty, 4 years ago
      What a beauty
    6. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Cheers Marty!
    7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
      Lovely and very interesting.
    8. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Thank you most kindly, Vintagefran!
    9. philmac51 philmac51, 4 years ago
      Another variation on the Welz 'pawn shop theme' - nice piece!
    10. welzebub, 4 years ago
      I love this piece. I saw it originally and thought they were nuts with their asking price... which they were. I did not see it get relisted lower, but when I did it was sold.... so I wondered where this would land... Now I know..... This is a great piece that does bring about a number of previously unasked questions.
    11. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Many thanks, philmac51!
    12. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Thanks also, welzebub...yes, the original price was off the wall...thought you might have seen it relisted & I had no idea that I'd win it. It was ending while I was asleep, so just put a bid on before bedtime & really didn't expect to be successful at all.
      It is the biggest example of Victorian Burmese glass I have (all the Webb ones are quite petite) so quite impressive. Sits very nicely with the rest of my collection, as I'm now trying to concentrate on the most unusual glass I can find.
    13. Project_Harrach Project_Harrach, 4 years ago
      Nice piece, and that was a great price. I was set to bid on it and got tied up with work. It does seem to open a can of worms.
    14. IronLace IronLace, 4 years ago
      Many thanks, Project_Harrach, yes it is certainly an intriguing piece. Will get around to posting a photo of it with three other examples of ribbed Burmese glass which may be by Welz also...
    15. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      I love this piece on so many levels Iron... The Burmese colors, spiral ribs, matte finish and the shape… beautiful!

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