Vaseline Glass For Sale In New Jersey

. April 27, 2008

Antique dealer Mark Scherzer is selling a large portion of his 300+ pieces of Vaseline Glass at the Historic Burlington Antique and Art Emporium in Burlington City, New Jersey. Collecting for more than 20 years, Mark states, “I love the mystery of the glass and how it glows in the sunlight, but I must downsize.”

Created in the mid 1800’s, Vaseline Glass was not perfected until the late 1890’s. Glassblowers added small amounts of uranium oxide to their glass formulas, creating a brilliant yellow colored glass. This mysterious glass has many names: uranium glass, canary glass, topaz glass, yellow glass and lemon glass. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that this glass was referred to as Vaseline.

With the explosion of the pressed glass industry in the late 1890’s, more than 30 companies produced over 70 different patterns of Vaseline Glass. Complete table settings for daily use, lamps, door knobs, medicinal bottles, vanity sets, decanters, drapery ties, candlesticks and banquet pieces were produced through the 1940’s. Reproductions surged from the 1950’s to the 1970’s as glass companies closed and glass molds were sold.

When asked, “How can you tell old glass from newer Vaseline Glass?” Mark stated, “It’s really hard to tell old glass from the newer pieces since the molds were sold. Educate yourself to look for wear marks, bubbles in the glass, and count the number of mold marks. Purchase a Vaseline Glass pattern book and a small hand-held black light.” The mystery of Vaseline Glass is exposed under an ultraviolet light or black light – it becomes fluorescent.

Mark has created a fantastic display of Vaseline Glass at the Emporium, which is located one-half hour from Philadelphia, and one and one-half hours from New York City. The Emporium is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, phone (609) 747-8333 or visit the Web site at www.antiquesnj.com. Visit the Emporium to enjoy the magic of this mysterious glass!

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