Elegant fontanini couple, both marked with the fontanini spider mark, numbered 77 and 78. Coming soon to my Etsy store.
Uranium glass (more commonly referred to as Vaseline glass* in America) is a type of glassware that has had uranium added it to. The glass varies from transparent to semi-transparent and has a bright green or sometimes yellow tinge to it. In daylight the glass has a neon tone to it, but this tone really comes to life when viewed with ultra-violet light. Uranium glass was common between 1900's - 1940's and both tableware and other decorative glassware were produced in this glass. Uranium is of course radioactive but the radiation given off by these pieces is tiny and they are general not considered a risk (although you might want to refrain from grinding the glass down!).
To properly identify uranium glass you will need a source of ultraviolet light and/or a Geiger counter, although the latter would need to be pretty sensitive and probably isn't something your average person has lying around. A simple Ultraviolet torch or detector pen can be bought pretty cheaply on line to help with the identification process. Due to the nature of uranium the glass will fluoresce nicely under the ultra violet light. Normal glass, crystal and ordinary pressed glass will not fluoresce as the picture below illustrates. A Geiger counter could also be used to measure the radiation from the glass but as stated it would need to be a pretty sensitive counter.
from left to right in the picture
pressed glass candle holder, ordinary household glass, uranium glass, crystal wine glass
To Photograph Uranium Glass
To photograph uranium glass you will need a source of ultraviolet light, what type you select is up to you. The photos taken here were lit with an ordinary UV pen torch (which was a bit of a pain as I had to hold the button on the torch down while trying to operate the camera - something for your consideration when purchasing). All the photos on this page were taken with a standard digital camera, no fancy equipment needed.
1. Ultraviolet light source
2. Digital Camera (preferably with a timer)
3. Darkened area
4. Tripod - optional according to set up
5. Dark background
To achieve these photos I set up in ordinary light. Due to the depth of my counter I was able to just set my camera down on the counter with the items still being within the frame of the camera, this also provided the camera with stable surface while photographing. I then used the timer setting to help prevent camera shake, this also gave me time to turn the lights off and operate the torch (10 secs was sufficient). If you do not have a timer on your camera or the space to set your camera down on a solid surface I would recommend using tripod. I would also recommend that you experiment with your camera settings, mine has a low light and a twilight setting which seem to yield good results. However, in my experience every camera performs a little differently so it's best to experiment with yours to see what works. One of the harder problems to navigate when taking photos in low light is the production of 'noise', this is the fuzzy look that some low light photos have. Avoiding this is slightly harder than eliminating camera shake, the volume of 'noise' you get seems to differ from camera to camera but again sometimes if you have the patience to play with your cameras settings you can get better results. All the photos below were taken with the same method.
*The term Vaseline glass can be used to describe a wide range of glass, and is often used to describe various types of translucent glass especially by the British and Australians.
I have here in my little stock pile a 1928-29 (dated via backstamp) Burleigh Ware teapot. It's decorated with what looks like bluebells and a willow tree, it has almost an oriental feel. Despite searching I can't find any reference to this pattern at all. Any ideas? There is also a number on the bottom that reads 4439, could be a batch number, pattern number or painter number who knows?
Just added today, snoopy playing cards, arcopal harlequin sets, medici books and other lovely vintage homeware. Click on the images to go to the items.
I have a small selection of Bitossi that has been hanging around, just waiting for me to research it. Most of it is Rimini Blu, but there are a couple of pieces that sit outside the traditional deep blue colour most commonly associated with Bitossi. Included in the haul are two lamp bases, two blue pots, one orange pot, and two Bitossi animals, the yellow dachshund really is quite cute (see photos in gallery below).
But what's it all worth? Well there's a lovely little book on Italian ceramics from the 1950's - 1970's (Alla Moda) available from http://www.markhillpublishing.com/books/ ready to help you with all those prices. It's actually a great book and I highly recommend it, it features all-sorts of ceramics from Italy including Fratelli Fanciullacci, Fantoni, San Marino, Gambone and a few others. It's a beautifully laid out book with lovely photographs and plenty of information on the makers, plus a whole gallery of images with plenty of in depth information on key pieces. Another notable source of information for ceramics of all types and glass too is http://www.20thcenturyforum.com The site also deals in lighting, furniture and decorative arts. This is of course a forum so I would recommend cross referencing any advice given here with books and other sources.. Of course to use this you need to register to the forum and upload photos and details of your item and then wait for a reply.
So what's my lot worth? Well according to the handy price guide included in the book the blue pots have an estimate of £20 - 30, although I have seen people selling them for more. The orange vase (siviglia colorato), has a better estimate of £60 - 80. These are of course top end prices for pieces in mint condition, additionally these prices were of course correct at the time of publication (2012) but of course prices can vary according to 'market demand', desirability and of course condition.
Sadly I can't find my dog or dove so I'll have to do some alternative research on these, but the animals (featured in the book) vary widely in price ranging from a reasonable £50 up to a huge £600, but this really depends on what you have. . No reference to the lamps either, so I'll have to do some research elsewhere on those.
Some nice lifestyle shots from the Guardian about how to put vintage items together in your home.
All added today at Daylight Frockery. Visit Daylight Frockery for more information
Love local? Want to support small local businesses? Based in Shoreham? Then why not visit Ladybird Interiors for some lovely unusual interior décor, including their very own high quality hand painted furniture.
Well come on then? Who made these? I've seen them referred to as 'in the style of' Guzzini or Holmegaard. Anyone know anything else about them?
Well who would have predicted that - after the massive price hike for parcels Royal Mail are having to do a slight u-turn on their small parcel policies. Trouble is that now their customers have started shopping around and seeing how much cheaper some of the competitors are (especially on larger items) it's going to be difficult, if not impossible to lure them back.
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