Burmese glass

Burmese glass

Burmese glass is a type of opaque colored Art glass, shading from yellow to pink, found in either the rare original "shiny" finish or the more common "satin" finish. It is used for table glass and small, ornamental vases and dressing table articles.

It was patented in 1885 by the US Mount Washington Glass Co. New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. Burmese glass found favor with Queen Victoria, and from 1886, the British company of Thomas Webb & Sons was licensed to produce their own version known as Queen's Burmeseware, which was used for tableware and decorative glass, often with painted decoration.

The formula to produce Burmese Glass contains Uranium oxide with tincture of gold added. The uranium oxide produced the inherent soft yellow color of Burmese glass. Because of the added gold, the characteristic pink blush of color of Burmese was fashioned by re-heating th object in the furnace (The "Glory Hole.") The length of time in the furnace will determine the intensity of the color. Strangely, if the objects is subjected to the heat again, it will return to the original yellow color.

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