Beware of this seller. They have been using radiation to modify colors on uncommon bottles. Some inks, medicines , and other bottles. Not your typical purples or burnt amber colors.Here is an example, a fairly common aqua pontil medicine that has been modified to a rare clear with amethyst tint (glass likely had manganese cullet in it).http://www.ebay.com/itm/034-034-EXTR...p2047675.l2557
Here is a link to the same bottle before it was irradiated. You can compare the pontilled base and see its the same bottle. The seller bought it for a much lower price , modified the color, then re-sold it. Plain and simple fraud. The tint is very light amethyst but is enough to indicate its not flint, rather manganese glass.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Open-Pontile...p2047675.l2557
I hope I did that right. There looked liked there were duplicate posts and I removed a couple. I hate this category and the need to approve everything. [:@]If you posted other examples, well, sorry Matt.
Ebay has been alerted and they said they were monitoring the seller but nothing is likely to come out of that.I think he will just be careful to not irradiate items that he bought on ebay a month previously.
Thanks for posting the images. People need to be aware when this type of activity is going on.If you are going to pay hard earned money for an item ask other collectors their opinions.Be skeptical of items that seem unusual.Pass the word to other collectors. The more people are informed the less chance fakers have to scam people.Several people who bought items from this seller have already got refunds after they were made aware of what they bought.