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Uranium / Vaseline vase? pot? goblet?

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Leni:
I've just obtained this lovely little Vaseline Uranium glass 'thing' for want of a better description! http://tinypic.com/ea59vs.jpg

It's 5 inches high and 3.5 wide.  I think it's clearly mould blown, as you can see the four mould lines on the foot and on the four stems, although they are very well concealed by the 'beads' up the side of the bowl. Would it have been made in one piece or 'assembled' later?  How on earth were those four stems done, for instance!   :shock:  :?

It really 'zings' under my little UV torch - can't wait for tonight to see it in the dark!  :shock:   :D (OK, I could always take it into the downstairs loo and turn the light out :lol: ) And you can see from this second picture, taken without flash, how much 'fire' it has in ordinary sunlight!  http://tinypic.com/ea5dp0.jpg

At the risk of getting a(nother) put-down from the experts here  :roll: I'd call this 'opalescence', simply because it looks like my opal, whatever the 'accepted' definition may be!   :P :wink:

Anyone able to identify it for me?  

Leni

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Ivo:
Bravo Leni, nice piece of Vaseline - you've urned it!  :?

Glen:
I'm thinking this is an L.G. Wright piece (USA). Wright purchased an old Northwood mould in this pattern (I believe it is called "Beaded") and made several shapes from it (probably during circa 1960s). The colour is indeed a vaseline opalescent. L. G. Wright had quite a lot of that colour made for them. Note that Wright owned moulds and wholesaled glass, but did not make the glass them selves (they used Westmoreland and Fenton for example, to "pour" the glass).

The splendidly complex shape is testimony to the magnificence of press-moulded glass and the skill of the mouldmakers (who were unsung heroes in my opinion).

Glen.

Leni:
I found it in The Encyclopedia of Opalescent Glass, which Peter so generously gave me   :oops:   :roll:

I just didn't recognise it, because it was in a different colour   :(

It is described as 'Opal Open', or 'Beaded Panels' when in Carnival.  It says it was made by Northwood in 1899 and also by Dugan in 1907.  Later, copies were made by Westmorland in the 1940's and '50's, but these had solid stems, not the pierced ones, which shows it to be an early piece.

Leni

Vecila:
Hi Leni,
THis is Northwood's Opal Open (Beaded Panels).  Reproductions of this pattern have a closed stem--yours appears to have open loops on the stem, making it an original.

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