Burmese glass

Burmese glass is a type of opaque colored art glass, shading from yellow to pink.[1] It is found in either the rare original "shiny" finish or the more common "satin" finish. It is used for table glass and small, ornamental vases and dressing table articles.

Burmese handled vase by the Mount Washington Glass Company, c. 1890

It was made in 1885 by the Mount Washington Glass Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.[1] Burmese glass found favor with Queen Victoria. From 1886, the British company of Thomas Webb & Sons was licensed to produce the glass.[1] Their version, known as Queen's Burmeseware, which was used for tableware and decorative glass, often with painted decoration. Burmese was also made after 1970 by the Fenton art glass company.[2]

Burmese is a uranium glass. The formula to produce Burmese Glass contains uranium oxide with tincture of gold added.[1] The uranium oxide produced the inherent soft yellow color of Burmese glass. Because of the added gold, the characteristic pink blush of color of Burmese was fashioned by re-heating the object in the furnace (the "Glory Hole").[further explanation needed] The length of time in the furnace will determine the intensity of the color. Strangely, if the object is subjected to the heat again, it will return to the original yellow color[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b c d Mark Chervenka (2011). Antique Trader Guide To Fakes & Reproductions. F+W Media. p. 139. ISBN 978-1440227356. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  2. ^ Heacock, William (1994). Fenton Glass: The Third Twenty-Five Years, 1956-1980. Marietta, Ohio: Glass Press. p. 146. ISBN 9780915410378.