piece is called a LOVING CUP or TYG
'TEEG'). It was most likely made in Bohemia in the latter part of
the 19th century. This piece is Rubina Verde, which is a small
gather of cranberry glass, than a larger gather of vaseline glass over
the top. When blown, the cranberry glass only expands a short
distance from the blow pipe, which was attached at the top of this
piece. The three handles were attached after it was blown.
This piece was made to sell as a souvenir. The maker and origin
are unknown. It is a solid slab of vaseline glass, which has then
been cut. Each of the little cuttings has a silver border around
it. On the reverse side, it has the word SOUVENIR in cursive
script. This piece is 4 3/4" tall, 2 3/4" wide, and 1"
thick. It was most likely made 1880-1900. If it was made in
Bohemia, it was made for the tourist market, as the script is in
This is a opalescent and decorated vase from Bohemia, circa
1890-1910. The maker is unknown. The photo link shows flash
camera, black light, and natural light.
This tall vase with original brass foot is most likely Thomas Webb,
England. A gather was made of cranberry and then a larger gather
of vaseline glass was made. The vaseline glass also had additives
to make it opalescent when reheated, and when the top was reheated to
flare out the rim, an opalescent layer gives the cranberry color some
added depth. This piece was also decorated. The tall vase
was attached to the foot with plaster of paris. This photo also
shows three views: flash camera, black light, and natural light.
This cute little pressed OWL creamer has a very pale, dingy vaseline
color to it in natural light. The maker is not known from any
original catalog source. However, this odd color is also the same
odd color of vaseline glass that is found in KITTEN ON PILLOW and
DARWIN, two other novelty pieces that are known to have been made by
Richards & Hartley of Tarantum, PA. The mould work is also
very detailed, which also shows in the Kitten On Pillow and Darwin
pieces. Each feather can be seen individually! The creamer
is just under 3 3/4" tall.
Another novelty creamer is the No. 824 FISH CREAMER made by Central
Glass, circa 1887. This is a difficult piece to find in clear or
any color! It was made in clear, amber, blue and canary.
There is a blue one at the Ogelbay Museum in Wheeling, WV. There
is a vaseline glass version at the West Virginia Museum of American
Glass in Weston, WV. After it was pressed, the two little tabs
were folded over on the top, to form a pouring spout. The tail
curves up from the base and the end of the tail attaches at the top to
complete the handle. The piece is approximately 6" long and 4"
This next piece was found at the EAPG National in Harrisburg, PA during
the spring, 2006, show. The seller had purchased three of them in
England, as he wanted one for himself. He had the other two for
sale. The remaining one was sold later that spring at the
Brimfield show and now resides in Texas with another VGCI member.
David Peterson did an article on this piece and after the limited
research with collectors from England, and the vintage Christmas tree
ornament collectors, it was found that no information existed on this
piece. As it was made from a spot pattern, a mould had to exist
someplace to make three exact balls. This may have also been made
as a WITCH BALL
This one looks good sitting on this little sterling silver holder,
which was purchased separately. It has been named SNOWBALL ROYALE
until (if and when) other information surfaces. It is 3 1/2" in
diameter. This was made with a spot pattern and then blown,
leaving a 'diamond pine cone' effect on the surface. One English
Glass collector has speculated that it was a crib (or backyard) piece,
made by a glass master during his free time away from the factory.
This piece was also made with a spot pattern and was made in the
Stourbridge region of England. The applied flower is in the
MAT-SU-NO-KE style that Stevens & Williams first used and
named. The pattern has been given the modern generic name of
HARLEQUIN and several shapes of baskets, bowls, marmalades, and
Jack-in-the-Pulpit vases are known. This one has had a small
gather of blue glass in the first gather, very much like the Rubina
Verde glass highlighted with the TYG cup. Due to the sunlight shining
through the blue and yellow layers, the top rim appears green.
When it is not in the sunlight, the top rim is blue. Versions with
cranberry glass are also known in the HARLEQUIN spot pattern.
This piece was made by one of the factories in the Stourbridge region
of England during the Victorian era.
The next two photos show glass made by the same unknown company in the
Stourbridge region of England. Numerous pieces of this inner pink
with a vaseline glass outer layer are known, in large bride's baskets,
little handled baskets, and in both clear and satin finishes.
Speculation has leaned towards Thomas Webb as the maker. It might
have also been Stevens & Williams The blown mould pattern is
a series of feathers. Some have called this a PEACOCK pattern,
due to the bright colors and feather pattern. The first photo
shows a little posey
vase, with pie crust top rim and paint decoration on the front.
The stand seems to be original to the piece. It is weighted
brass. The little glass insert measures 3 1/4" tall. The second photo
shows a set of matching
decorative ewers that were made to be used as vases. It also has
the Peacock blown mould pattern.
This last piece is a contemporary piece, made by James
Whitehurst. It is a very tall presentation goblet, with a fish
for the stem. Cobalt glass was swirled to make the eyes.
This is a one-off piece constructed without a mould. The cup on
the top holds a full pint of liquid! The piece stands 11 3/4"
tall. The foot is 4 1/8" diameter and the top of the cup is 4
1/4" in diameter. When constructing this, all the various
components (foot, fish stem, bowl) all have to be kept hot enough to
accept the other pieces with attached, otherwise a heat check could
occur. It was also difficult to make because a piece this large
could easily slump once it is in the lehr cooling down.
Remember, IF IT DOESN'T GLOW GREEN, IT'S NOT VASELINE!
Here is a picture of a piece that glows reddish-orange
to manganese in the glass formula. When buying vaseline glass
online, it is important to ask the seller not only whether or not it
glows, but if it GLOWS GREEN!