Green Wine Glass, Vaseline, Uranium, Etched, Leaf and Vine, Optic, Barware, Collection
A lovely etched optic wine glass. This is Vaseline/Uranium glass. The design is of leaves and vines around the bowl of the glass. The bowl is optic shaped. A wonderful glass to add to a Vaseline/Uranium glass collection.
Vaseline glass gets its name from its yellowish color that looks similar to petroleum jelly. It's also known as uranium glass, due to the fact that uranium dioxide is mixed with the sand before it is melted and blown into each piece of Vaseline glass. The uranium dioxide gives it the distinctive yellow-green color. This incredible glass has certain chemical properties that actually allows it to glow in the dark under a blacklight. Vaseline glass does have some tiny degree of radioactivity to it, but not in levels that would be harmful to humans. The glow is also not caused by radiation but because ultraviolet light causes the electrons in the glass to become excited and emit photons. Vaseline glass was reported to be safe by the U.S. Nuclear Regulation Commission in a 2001 report that examined the potential for harm and found that you're more likely to be exposed to higher radiation from everyday household electronic items.
Uranium dioxide has been used to make glass for centuries and pieces have been found as old as from 79 A.D. It became popular to add uranium dioxide to glass in the 1830s and an interest in Vaseline glass boomed around the 1880s. Some of the most common glassmakers were Adams & Company, Steuben Glass, Baccarat and Cambridge Glass Company. Vaseline glass makers began with the yellow pieces and eventually added in iron oxide to make pieces with the green color, which were referred to as uranium glass. Technically, the yellow and green pieces are both uranium glass.
6½ inches in height
3½ inches in diameter (Bowl)
2¾ inches in diameter (Base)
This wine glass is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks, or scratches. The glass has bubbles from being hand blown. It glows beautifully under a blacklight.
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