Q&A on Collecting: Vaseline glass was made as early as 1850

Anne McCollam answers readers’ questions about the value of their antiques.
By Ann McCollam, For The Oklahoman Published: April 7, 2014
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Q&A on collecting

Vaseline glass is popular

Q: Enclosed you will find a photo of a Vaseline glass dish. It measures approximately 5 inches by 5 inches and 1 inch deep. It is in mint condition.

What can you tell me about my dish?

A: You have a nice example of Early American Pattern Glass. Vaseline glass is popular with pattern glass collectors. The yellow-green color was achieved by adding uranium oxide to the formula. Large amounts were made from 1850 to around the 1920s. The term “Vaseline,” used to describe the dish, is based on the yellow-green glass looking similar to petroleum jelly. The pattern is “Daisy and Button.”

Early American Pattern Glass was made from around the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Your early 20th-century dish would probably be worth $25 to $50.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain figurine of a mother and small child that I have. It has been in my family since the early 1900s. It is 15 inches tall and in perfect condition.

I hope you can tell me something about its history and value.

A: A. W. Fr. Kister Porcelain Manufactory made your porcelain figurine. It has produced porcelain in Scheibe-Alsbach, Thuringia, Germany, since 1838.