I was first drawn to uranium glass because of its unusual colour – that particular shade of green just doesn’t look natural, does it? But in fact it’s because of the inclusion of naturally occurring uranium (mixed with additives, such as cerium oxide) that that rather crazy colour comes about. And of course once I found out why it was the colour it was (and how amazing it looks under UV light!) I was sold! Very popular in the 1920s, uranium glass normally has a bit of age to it, as I suspect does our lovely moulded glass jug that we have for sale today. It’s in great nick though, with virtually no signs of wear and tear. It’s also a particularly attractive piece of depression glass, with the most lovely patten embossed onto the glass!
P.S. Just for interest’s sake, it’s estimated that there were over four million pieces of decorative uranium glass produced in the US between 1958 and 1978, with 15 000 drinking glasses made between 1968 to 1972. The uranium content is normally in the order of 2% by weight, but some glass manufactured in the early 1900s reached a content as high as 25 %! A few companies in the U.S. are still making uranium glass today, but the glass is produced exclusively for decorative purposes – no dinnerware is being made!
Unfortunately we’re in away in Cape town at the moment, so aren’t able to provide dimensions for this item