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    Posted 11 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.)


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    1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years 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, 7 years ago
      No, it starts out shiny. An acid treatment causes the matte finish. Shines Burmese is more difficult to find.
    3. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years 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, 7 years 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, 7 years 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, 7 years ago
      Here is a good example of shiny Burmese:

    7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years 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, 7 years 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, 7 years 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
    10. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Hi Jim. I thought I would take you up on your kind offer of help and ask your opinion on this? I'm considering bidding on it, if it doesn't get too high, and just wanted to check it is Burmese. Also do you think it could be uranium? Thanks for any help :)
    11. IMASapp IMASapp, 7 years ago
      I don't think I would consider this piece. The broken Pontic and coloring in the Pontiac scar suggest it is Italian. Cya only, not Webb or Mt Washington.

      Keep looking.
    12. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Thank you so much Jim! It's not the prettiest piece I've seen by a long shot but its cheap. You've convinced me to save my money and keep looking :) the bottom half of a fairy lamp, not as nice as this one, sold recently for pots of money, I couldn't believe how much considering it was only half a lamp. lol. I'll keep looking and saving.
    13. IMASapp IMASapp, 7 years ago
      Sorry my post is so confusing. I am beginning to take a real dislike to auto-correct.
    14. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Lol. Me too! I'm forever having to go back and change words. I still understood you:)

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