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Tankard with uranium speckles
« on: July 06, 2008, 02:02:38 AM »
This is another find which has me stumped! It seems to be clear glass which has been rolled in uranium powder/frit and then reheated. The outer surface of the tankard is slightly bumpy where the speckles are, the inside surface is totally smooth.

The base glass is not UV reactive, the speckles glow under a blacklight.  There is a large irregular polished pontil mark.

Height is 4" (100mm), weight is 469g.

Has anyone seen this sort of uranium speckling before, and any idea of maker please? 

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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2008, 09:59:14 AM »
First reaction to that one is "Reijmyre" - but I cannot substantiate it in any way.

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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008, 10:06:08 AM »
How does it 'glow' under sunlight, sunset etc. As usually the fire of U is evenly spread through the metal.
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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008, 10:43:33 AM »
Thanks Ivo, that's a direction to look into.

Frank, yup I've never seen uranium glass like this before. Neither has Della who's staying with me at the moment - we have peered at it in daylight (sunshine? what sunshine!!!  >:D) and under the UV and it's definitely only the speckly bits which glow so it must be uranium frit marvered on to the surface surely?   


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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008, 12:28:36 PM »
Probably. When you get some sun (we have lots here and huuuumidity  :cry:), check it out.
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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008, 02:43:07 AM »
I have a Christmas ornament that the base glass is clear, and the gather was rolled in cranberry and vaseline/uranium glass frit before blowing it out.  I am not suggesting that the maker of my ornament made your pitcher, as I know who made my ornament (Jack Loranger from Washington State USA) and he has not made any pitchers like yours.  I am only adding this to the discussion to say that that process does exist.  Jack told me how he did it, and he is just a one-man shop. I don't know who made the pitcher.

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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 11:19:08 AM »
Thanks Dave, it's really useful to know that my assumption about how it was made is feasible, much appreciated. :)

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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2008, 01:20:47 AM »
Another one in a plum colour speckly finish here: http://www.stylendesign.co.uk/classic/G645.html

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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2008, 08:13:01 AM »
Nailsea style  ::)

I have had one of these in blue, but that was a long time ago.
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Re: Tankard with uranium speckles
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2008, 02:54:07 PM »
Yeah, tells us a lot doesn't it Frank?   ::)  >:D  So now we know they come in three colours.... but who made them?  :huh:

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