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What can anybody tell me about antique green glass
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BOSS    Posted 06-24-2003 at 17:03:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One of my customers is selling her green glass collection, mostly old farm/country looking pieces. Is it pricey stuff ?
I think it looks very nice, would look great in our house.

Get me a picture...    Posted 06-25-2003 at 04:16:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there is a pattern, I can ID it...If it is just individual pieces...It will take me longer...

Green glass really started in the EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) era from 1860-1910 or so...After that it sort of went out of vogue till the Depression (1930s)...

Most (not all) green glass, and some yellow (and even some clear glass), made before the middle of WWII will flouresce with an eerie glow when exposed to long wave Ultra-Violet light (a black-light)...This is due to the Uranium Oxide that the manufacturers used as a 'brightener' for the glass...When the black-light hits the uranium, it actually causes free electrons to be given off as light...I have lots of uranium glass in different colours...

Around the end of WWII, Fire-King came out with a colour that they called Jade-Ite (sometimes spelled wrongly 'Jadite' as McKee used that name in the 30's for their green custard glass, Jadeite will glow while Jade-Ite will not)...Much of the true old Fire-King Jade-Ite is quite collectable and is great for everyday use (though some is too valuable to chance dinging)...

Then came Martha Stewart...She paid to have Jade-Ite reproduced in a couple of patterns and has completely confused most novices in the market...If what this woman is selling is the new Martha Stewart junk...Stay away from it...It is worthless...

The gist of all this is...I think I might be able to give you an idea of what the stuff is if I had a picture...



BOSS    Posted 06-25-2003 at 15:17:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Salmoneye, your very informative, I may look into it more, but the more I think of it, it seems kinda funny to buy someone elses collection, and I didn't do any of the hunting myself. Kinda takes the fun out of it ?!?!?!

Lenore    Posted 06-25-2003 at 15:58:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
That may be true if you would like the excitement of the hunt.
If they would look great in your kitchen though, that might be different.
You could enjoy the benifits of someone elses collection.
I would find out more of the actual value before paying though.

Charles(Mo)    Posted 06-25-2003 at 01:44:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie is right. There are many different types of green glass ware. Me and my wife like Jadite glass ware.

Ebay is also a good place to look to see what pieces are going for.

Also you can go to antique stores and see what they are selling similar pieces for.

But if you like it and can afford it, buy it. We have a few regrets about not buying a couple pieces. If you regret buying it, then you can sell it and get some or all of your money back.

Provided of cource that there are no chips or cracks. If there are imperfections, then it is practically worthless.


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-24-2003 at 20:22:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Need a little more to go on, Boss. Is it Depression glass or is it blown glass? Is there a name or any kind of markings on it? (look on the bottom for artists name or brand name or whatever.) What shade of green? Is it clear or is it a milky green, does it have an iridescent look to it? What kind of pieces? Are there figurines or just bowls, glasses, tableware kind of things? What kind of pattern is on them?

Old glassware can be very valuable. I've got a Kovel's Antiques and Collectibles book here that lists prices on glassware from $12 per piece to $6,325 per piece and everywhere in between.

If you can't find it on a google search, try your local library for a book on antique glassware and maybe one on depression glass. You just might find it pictured in there and an idea of it's worth.

Clod    Posted 06-24-2003 at 19:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know nothing of green glass,,But we can get the thing rolling here by adding a post below.Watch and see.

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