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Vaseline glass? A.G. Smalley & Co.

ROBBYBOBBY64

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I purchased an A.G. Smalley pat. April 5, 1898 milk bottle that I now realize that under U.V. light it is fluorescent yellow/green. The bottle is clear (colorless) in natural light. Is this common or is it the type of glass, Vaseline glass? I put a ring which I made the cabochon out of depression glass green. It is in the last picture. What do you all think? Not depression glass but still fluorescent.
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logan.the.collector

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I had it almost 2 years and had no idea it was fluorescent or that they made the smalleys in Vaseline glass. Was this common? Was Vaseline glass clear in natural light or green?
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I don't really know the background to that company but it makes me wonder if any seemingly normal bottles in my own collection could be like this haha! Really cool!
 

nhpharm

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I have some clear bottles that do that but upon closer inspection they have all been coated or oiled, which explains it. It would not be considered Vaseline glass, though...just clear glass that fluoresces.
 

K6TIM

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I purchased an A.G. Smalley pat. April 5, 1898 milk bottle that I now realize that under U.V. light it is fluorescent yellow/green. The bottle is clear (colorless) in natural light. Is this common or is it the type of glass, Vaseline glass? I put a ring which I made the cabochon out of depression glass green. It is in the last picture. What do you all think? Not depression glass but still fluorescent.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
You have a vary old milk bottle.Since it's clear it isn't vaseline glass,but it does have uranium used in the bottle making which makes it glow under a black light.Vaseline glass normal color is a lite to medium green color.(vaseline color)
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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You have a vary old milk bottle.Since it's clear it isn't vaseline glass,but it does have uranium used in the bottle making which makes it glow under a black light.Vaseline glass normal color is a lite to medium green color.(vaseline color)
That's what my research of it discovered. Yellow/green color for Vaseline glass. Uranium in the glass. No other glass i have does this. Odd because it is crystal clear in natural light. I thought re-used depression glass but that is wrong chronologically speaking. Thanks for the information.
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K6TIM

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That's what my research of it discovered. Yellow/green color for Vaseline glass. Uranium in the glass. No other glass i have does this. Odd because it is crystal clear in natural light. I thought re-used depression glass but that is wrong chronologically speaking. Thanks for the information.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
Yes you have a nice find for sure.One it's a rare steel handle 1600's milk bottle.Why the bottle glows under a black lite is rare too!I It might be the uranium added to the glass.personally I never seen clear glass piece glow?? No it's isn't depression glass! that glass wasn't made until the early 30's.Yours is a late 1800's bottle!
You might go to a web site called historic bottle web site.This is real great page about old glass!
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