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Vaseline glass? A.G. Smalley & Co.

Jamdam

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Oct 2, 2019
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I collect teakettle inks and there is a large group of them in “uranium” glass as described by Joe Mathews in his teakettle inkwell price bible. Attached is an example from my collection. I understand there was a lot of plate ware made from similar material.
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Nickneff

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Jan 6, 2021
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I collect teakettle inks and there is a large group of them in “uranium” glass as described by Joe Mathews in his teakettle inkwell price bible. Attached is an example from my collection. I understand there was a lot of plate ware made from similar material. View attachment 217530View attachment 217531
very nice looking tea kettles I really like them they're very cool I dug a really nice ink a couple of years ago it was a ponil umbrella ink JW seating Louisville Kentucky 3 years before that I done got another beautiful umbrella ink pontil the color was puce extremely rare mint condition both bottles
 

macjxl

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Oct 17, 2015
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Yinnar Australia
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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May I please share your photos with a milk bottle collectors facebook group?
 

macjxl

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Oct 17, 2015
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Yinnar Australia
Pre 1915 clear glass used manganese as a bleaching agent. Without it, glass had a green tinge. Manganese & uranium both glow green under UV light. If exposed to large amounts of UV or nuclear radiation, glass containing manganese turns purple. In this instance, I'd say your "jewels" are safe. :)
 

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