Vintage Vaseline Glass

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2015-06-26 10:34:18

Vintage vaseline glass, also referred to as uranium glass, is a type of glassware using high uranium content, giving pieces a green or yellow fluorescent tint.

Brief history and description

Vaseline glass was frequently used in the formation of tableware, though this practice became less common during the Cold War. The term ‘Vaseline glass’ is generally considered to date from the 1950’s.

The typical uranium content of a piece of Vaseline glass is somewhere between 2% to 25%, with the levels typically rising in accordance with the age of the piece; many 19th century pieces of Vaseline glass contain very high levels of the substance.

Guide for collectors

Antique Vaseline glass is now widely considered a curious collectable given its uranium content, but it definitely has the capacity to sell for very high prices at auction.

Pieces of Vaseline glass have sold for thousands of dollars at mainstream and specialist auctioneers, and has also appeared at online auctioneers such as eBay, where starting prices are frequently far cheaper than those elsewhere.

Further information for prospective collectors is available at sources such as Collectible-Glass.com and CollectorsWeekly.com. The latter also contains up-to-date eBay listings of related items, as well as an extensive photo gallery which could be of great use to collectors in identifying and dating pieces.

Value

The highest price ever paid for a piece of antique Vaseline glass is $18,000 for a Vaseline glass fish bowl which sold from Heritage Auctions on 19th November 2011.

Similar items have sold for several thousand dollars elsewhere, as evidenced by the sale of a Reuben Haley fish bowl, which sold from Rago Arts and Auction Center on 25th April 2009 for $10,000.

Smaller, more decorative items such as vases and decanter’s sell for lower prices, typically in the region of $500-$1,500.

Amongst the lowest prices paid at auction for an antique Vaseline glass piece is $525, for a green Vaseline glass and silver mounted vase, which auctioned from Northgate Gallery, Inc. on 5th June 2005.

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