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Burmese glass has a soft yellow lower section, which blends into a salmon pink. The effect was created by Frederick Shirley, at the famous American glass company Mount Washington. Using their opal glass mixture, they added oxide of uranium, and reduced gold. This resulted in a yellow opaque glass that turned pink after heating, and back to yellow after further heating. The uranium content causes the glass to glow bright green under UV light. Burmese glass proved to be very popular and sold well during Victorian times. In 1885, Mount Washington obtained the patent for the creation of Burmese glass in USA, and in 1986, gave permission for Thomas Webb & Sons to create Burmese glass in England. Webb's range was marketed as "Queen's Burmese Ware". Burmese glass by Mount Washington was not marked or signed, but instead had paper labels, which are understandably often missing these days. Some Webb pieces were marked with an impressed or acid etched stamp that read "Thos Webb & Sons, Queen's Burmese Ware, Patented", but again many were unmarked. Sometimes the mark also included a design registration number underneath. Three different registration numbers are known for Webb's Burmese, there are 67648 (registered in Feb 1887), 80167 (5th Sept 1887) and 86246 (5th Nov 1887). Most Burmese glass has a matt, satin finish, created using acid, but there are some that were untreated in this way and retain their original, glossy finish. Both makers of Burmese often decorated their pieces with artistic designs such as flowers and animals. Most of the examples shown below are by Thomas Webb, as they were found in the UK, where I rarely come across American glass. Some Czech/Bohemian factories such as Franz Welz and possibly others are now known to have produced Burmese glass, for British and American markets, and a more recent version was also made after 1970 by Fenton of USA. These later pieces were often marked or signed, and can often be found with their original labels still intact.

Sources: Mt Washington Art Glass plus Webb Burmese by Betty B. Sisk.

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MARKED Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range, decorated with berries and leaves pattern. Marked to base.

MARKED Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

Thomas Webb acid etched manufacturing mark: "Thos Webb & Sons, Queen's Burmese Ware, Patented, Rd 80167".

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Floral Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range decorated with floral "Hawthorn" pattern.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Floral Glass Vase

Green glow of Burmese glass under UV light, due to uranium content in the glass mixture.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish and floral decoration. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range. Has the number 17051 on the base, most likely the pattern number.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Satin Glass Rose Bowl

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Probably made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with matt satin finish. Probably made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with glossy finish and fruit decoration. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Victorian Burmese Uranium Yellow & Pink Glass Bowls and Saucers

A set of Victorian pink and creamy yellow glass Burmese bowls and saucers with matt satin finish.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Rose Bowl

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass rose bowl with matt satin finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Rose Bowl

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass rose bowl with glossy finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Glass Vase

A British Victorian pink and creamy yellow Burmese glass vase with glossy finish. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons, from their "Queen's Burmese Ware" range.

Thomas Webb Victorian Burmese Uranium Satin Glass Tumbler

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass tumbler, by Thomas Webb & Sons or Mount Washington. Both factories made tumblers in this style, with similar concave polished pontil marks.

Victorian Burmese Satin Pink & Yellow Uranium Glass Vase

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass vase with three way crimped rim.

Mount Washington Victorian Burmese Pink & Yellow Glass Vase

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass vase, with four way crimped rim and applied wishbone style feet. Most likely by Mount Washington.

Mount Washington Victorian Burmese Pink & Yellow Glass Jug/Vase

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass vase in the style of a jug, with four way crimped rim and applied handle and wishbone style feet. Most likely by Mount Washington.

Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink Glass Enamelled Vase

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese Burmese glass vase with enamelled decoration.

Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink & Yellow Glass Vase

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese Burmese glass vase with applied handles.

Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink & Yellow Glass Jug

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass creamer jug with applied handle.

Victorian Burmese Uranium Pink & Yellow Glass Jug

A Victorian pink and creamy yellow uranium Burmese glass creamer jug with applied handle and enamelled decoration.


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References

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Mt Washington Art Glass plus Webb Burmese | ISBN 978-1574322002

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