Pearline Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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Pearline glass was created by British company George Davidson & Co in 1889 during the Victorian era, and similar glass was produced by other companies including Henry Greener and Burtles, Tate & Co. Pearline glass consists of pressed glass in either lemon yellow 'Primrose', clear 'Moonshine' or blue, with a white opalescent rim. Yellow pearline glass is often referred to as 'Vaseline glass' due to it's similar colour to pertroleum jelly. The bright yellow colour is created by adding uranium oxide to the glass mixture. This also results in the glass glowing a bright green under ultraviolet (UV) light, a fact which has made pearline glass even more popular with collectors.

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Davidson Primrose Pearline Uranium Glass 'Linking Rings' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Linking Rings" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 237038.

Davidson 1900s Blue Pearline Glass 'Linking Rings' Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Linking Rings" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 237038.

Davidson Moonshine Pearline Glass 'Richelieu' Bowl

A Victorian white moonshine pearline glass "Richelieu" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 96945.

Davidson 1900's Blue Pearline Glass 'Richelieu' Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Richelieu" basket shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 96945.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass Lady Chippendale Creamer

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Chippendale" creamer jug. Made by Davidson, design registration number 176566.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass Lady Chippendale Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Chippendale" basket shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 176566.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lady Chippendale' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Chippendale" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 176566.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lords + Ladies' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lords + Ladies" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 285342.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Brideshead' Vase

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Brideshead" vase. Made by Davidson, pattern name '643 Suite', design registration numbers 130641 to 130643.

Davidson 1900's Blue Pearline Glass 'Brideshead' Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Brideshead" bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern name '643 Suite', design registration numbers 130641 to 130643.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Uranium Glass 'Somerset' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Somerset" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 254027.

Davidson 1900s Blue Pearline Glass Prince William Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Prince William" basket shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 217752.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lady Caroline' Bowl + Creamer

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Caroline" creamer and sugar bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern name '1891 Suite', no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lady Caroline' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Caroline" basket shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern name '1891 Suite', no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lady Caroline' Jug + Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Caroline" creamer and sugar bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern name '1891 Suite', no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Lady Caroline' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Lady Caroline" bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern name '1891 Suite', no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Helen Louise' Jug & Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Helen Louise" creamer and sugar bowl. Made by Davidson, no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Uranium Glass 'Queens Crown' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Queens Crown" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 320124.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'War of the Roses' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "War of the Roses" boat shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 212684.

Davidson 1900s Blue Pearline Glass War of the Roses Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "War of the Roses" boat shaped bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 212684.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'William & Mary' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "William & Mary" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 413701.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'William & Mary' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "William & Mary" bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 413701.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Quilted Pillow Sham' Jug

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Quilted Pillow Sham" creamer jug. Made by Davidson, pattern number 900, no reg number.

Davidson Primrose Pearline Glass 'Quilted Pillow Sham' Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow primrose pearline glass "Quilted Pillow Sham" bowl. Made by Davidson, pattern number 900, no reg number.

Davidson Blue Pearline Glass 'Victoria & Albert' Jug / Creamer

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Victoria & Albert" creamer jug. Made by Davidson, design registration number 303519.

Davidson Blue Pearline Glass 'Victoria & Albert' Footed Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Victoria & Albert" footed bowl. Made by Davidson, design registration number 303519.

Davidson Blue Pearline Glass 'Daisy + Greek Key' Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass "Daisy + Greek Key" bowl. Possibly made by Davidson.

Henry Greener Vaseline / Pearline Uranium Glass Bowl

A Victorian uranium yellow pearline glass bowl. Made by Henry Greener & Co, design registration number 304505.

Henry Greener 1900's Victorian Blue Pearline Glass Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass basket shaped bowl. Made by Henry Greener & Co.

Henry Greener 1900's Victorian Blue Pearline Glass Bowl

A Victorian blue pearline glass basket shaped bowl. Made by Henry Greener & Co, design registration number 160244.

Victorian 1900's Blue Pearline Glass 'Piasa Bird' Vase

A Victorian blue pearline glass posy vase. Maker unknown.

Mosser Glass Vaseline / Pearline Uranium Glass Vase

A uranium yellow pearline glass vase. Made by American company Mosser Glass, part of the "Acorn" pattern range, c. 2001.


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References

For more information on Pearline glass, check out the following resources:

Books


The Big Book of Vaseline Glass (Schiffer Book for Collectors) | ISBN 978-0764314742


The Picture Book of Vaseline Glass | ISBN 978-0764312571

Websites

www.vaselineglass.org - The Vaseline Glass Collectors website